Rockford Park District Foundation acquires new land - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford Park District Foundation acquires new land


The Rockford Park District Foundation is acquiring new land, offering new recreational opportunities for area residents. The 11.36 acre parcel is located at the corner of Perryville and Guilford, bordering the Midway Village Museum.

The land originally belonged to Marvin and Joanne Eyster—they bought it in the 1950's after falling in love with the oak trees and natural setting. More than 50 years later, they've offered the land to the Rockford Park District with hopes of preserving its natural beauty.

The Rockford Park District will both preserve this land and create additional opportunities for residents. The land will provide a link between the Perryville and Midway Village Recreation Paths. The natural habitat will also be conducive of activities like bird watching, walking and picnicking.  

David Byrnes, President of Midway Village Museum says. "This acquisition was made possible by the Rockford Park District Foundation, Rockford Park District and private funds generated through Midway Village Museum. We are grateful to Marvin and Joanne Eyster for their commitment to preserving this beautiful homestead."

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