The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners learn who is using its parks, programs and museums over the last year.
Teens and at-risk youth programs and services the Rockford Park District hosts over the summer were given the highest priority. Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke says they wanted to introduce kids to sports and other healthy activities during their leisure time. "One of the greatest new initiatives developed was the new IceHogs Street Hockey program, repurposing existing tennis courts at Booker Washington Center for street hockey and neighborhood soccer with an enclosed rink."
The highlights include more young people taking advantage of the programs offered by the Park District. The numbers increased by 15% in 2012. There are several achievements like the creation of a skate park at Churchill Park, in the old basketball court. Thousands of Rockford Public School kids took park in the Summer Challenge Program, which helps students in math, reading, and other areas. More kids also took advantage of a new swim lesson program at Harkins Pool. Numbers went from 2,768 in 2012 compared to just 532 the previous year. Plus, a new mountain bike trail was created at Page Park.
If you'd like to read the full 40 page report go online to www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/reports.
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