Memorial Gifts

Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Buy A Brick Program

Give the gift of lasting recognition!

You can be a part of this exciting project at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two. Purchase a brick today to honor your children, celebrate your team, recognize a coach, commemorate loved ones, promote your business, or mark a special event in your life. Bricks will be placed in one of two paver plazas: one under the arch at the newly renovated entrance to Wedgbury Stadium, and one at the new restroom/concession pavilion on the west side of the complex.

Only a limited number of bricks are available! Bricks will be installed in phases throughout the year, based on the construction time line and when orders are received. Due to the nature of the design, brick placements are random, and placement preferences cannot be accommodated.

Step 1:

CLICK HERE and fill out the Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Buy a Brick Form to customize your brick with your personal message. Once you complete the form make sure you follow the steps in the form to e-mail it to the Rockford Park District Foundation.

Step 2:

Click the "Buy Now" link below to process your payment for the brick.

Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Memorial Benches

A limited number of memorial benches are also available for $4,000. For information on memorial bench opportunities at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two, please contact Lisa Alexander at the Rockford Park District Foundation at 815-987-1632 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eclipse Lagoon Memorial Bricks

Purchase your own, personalized piece of Rockford history with an Eclipse Lagoon Brick that will be placed on the north side of the lagoon outside Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.

Each 7"x 9" brick has five lines of engraving with a 12-character limit per line, and can be yours for a $200 donation to the Rockford Park District Foundation. The bricks can be given as a gift (gift certificates are available), or to surprise someone.

A limited amount of lagoon bricks can be purchased by completing BOTH of the online sales steps below, or in person at the Rockford Park District Foundation office, 401 S. Main Street, Rockford.

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Step 1:

CLICK HERE and fill out the Eclipse Lagoon Buy a Brick Form to customize your brick with your personal message. Once you complete the form make sure you follow the steps in the form to e-mail it to the Rockford Park District Foundation.

Step 2:

Click the "Buy Now" link below to process your payment for the brick.


Brick Installations

Bricks purchased after November 1 will be installed in the spring.

Bench1Celebrate Life Program

Life is full of occasions to celebrate - weddings, births, anniversaries, the lives of loved ones lost. The Rockford Park District Foundation's Celebrate Life program offers people the opportunity for recognition of those moments with the gift of a tree or bench for placement in our community's parks or golf courses. A plaque inscribed with the wording of your choice accompanies each gift. In addition, a portion of each donation is set aside permanently to provide even more trees, benches and other amenities for our parks in the future.
Due to saturation of existing trees and benches or long-range plans that would displace your bench or tree, some sites in the Rockford Park District are not appropriate for placement. Rockford Park District Foundation staff members are happy to recommend sites where benches are needed and trees would enhance the natural beauty of the park or facility.

Commemorative Benches

The Rockford Park District welcomes the donation of funds to provide outdoor benches. 

  • With your donation of $4,000 or more, the Park District will supply a durable, attractive bench made of recycled polyethylene at the location of your choice (some restrictions apply).
  • Commemorative benches provided by the Rockford Park District are guaranteed for ten years.

TreeCommemorative Trees

Trees benefit both people and wildlife by offering beauty, shade and shelter for years.

  • Gifts of $2,000 or more will be recognized with the planting of a tree at a Rockford Park District park, golf course, or recreation facility.
  • Trees may be requested at any time, but installation will take place twice annually. The deadline for Spring planting is May 15. The deadline for Fall planting is October 15.
  • Since trees are living organisms that need replacement from time to time, the Park District guarantees commemorative trees for a period of ten years.
  • Please do not decorate the trees, so that park patrons can enjoy their natural beauty.

The intent of the Park District is to maintain these trees for their entire life span, but longevity of plants varies by species and environmental conditions. 

For more information about the Celebrate Life Program, please contact Lisa Alexander at the Rockford Park District Foundation at 815-987-1632 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Jane Lyons Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by the great generosity of Jane Lyons. Jane was a long time resident of Rockford who loved the game of golf, and was an avid supporter of girls' golf programs.

The Jane Lyons Memorial Scholarship for young women has been established within the Rockford Park District Foundation to assist girls who are pursuing an undergraduate degree and who have demonstrated that they enjoy playing golf. The recipient does not have to participate on a college golf team to be eligible for this scholarship. One $2,500 scholarship will be provided annually, and will be renewable for up to an additional three years for a cumulative total of $10,000 provided the recipient meets the required criteria for renewal.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Female students who enjoy playing the game of golf
  • Resident of Winnebago/ Boone County or a participant in a Rockford Park District golf program
  • Enrolled or plan to enroll in a full-time 2- or 4-year degree program

How to Apply >

About Jane Lyons

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Jane Lyons was more than a golf enthusiast, although golf played an integral role in her life, and kept her young. Jane played in the Women's City Golf Championship for more than 60 years. She also played in the first Girls Junior Classic, winning the C Flight in 1941. The Women's City and Girls Junior were the only sporting competitions open to women at that time.

Jane had fond memories of participating in golf championships, and said, "The thing I liked about it is you met people from different courses and different clubs. You met people from all over town, and they were all good sports."

Jane graduated from West High School in 1945, earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona, and received her M.A.T. degree from Rockford College. She was dedicated to serving children throughout her career, and committed to women participating in athletics. She was president of the Women's Athletic Association at the University of Arizona, and received the Outstanding Senior Woman Award.

This scholarship is Jane's gift to young women who enjoy the game of golf as much as she did!


Help Me Play

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Providing financial support, so all youth can access and experience the life long benefits of play through the Rockford Park District.

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The Rockford Park District Foundation was founded in 1979 to provide philanthropic support to the Rockford Park District. At that time, its primary purpose was to acquire needed land via donations, or to sell donated land that was not desired for parks (with the donor's permission). Since its inception in 1909, over 40% of the District's parkland has been donated.

In 1993, the District decided to reorganize the Foundation and to broaden its focus. A group of key community leaders agreed to serve on the Foundation board and an Executive Director was hired.

Since the reorganization, the Foundation has raised over $45 million.

Among the many projects in which the Foundation has played a major role are:

  • Aldeen Barn Restoration
  • Aldeen Golf Course improvements
  • Aldeen Golf Club Patio and Lighting
  • Alpine Hills Adventure Park and Golf Center
  • Arthur W. Anderson Peace Park (aka the Field of Honor)
  • Atwood Center Birds of Prey Exhibit
  • Carlson Ice Arena
  • City of Gardens
  • David Johnson Accessible Fishing Pier
  • Eclipse Lagoon formerly known as Sinnissippi Lagoon
  • Field of Honor
  • Golf funding, including Tiger Woods events and funding from his foundation
  • Joe Marino Statue
  • Junior Golf courses at Ingersoll and Patriots Gateway Center
  • Kaye Anderson Park
  • Lockwood Barn Renovation
  • Midway Museum Swedish Furniture Museum
  • Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
  • Nicholas Conservatory Boat Dock and Additional Parking Lot
  • Perryville Path
  • Riverfront Museum Boat Dock
  • Sportscore Two
  • Swan Anderson Building
  • Washington Park Community Center Gymnasium Remodel
  • Youth Legacy Programs

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Help Me Play Donations

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The Rockford Park District believes that youth and adults with disabilities should not be denied access to learning an important lifelong skill due to the inability to pay. The Help Me Play program assists over 3,500 youth and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play. Donations of $1, $5, $10 or more are accepted in person or online by clicking the link below.

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For the Rockford Park District to be the best urban park and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.


To 'help people enjoy life' by providing a quality park and recreation system.

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