Rockford park district approves contracts for Alpine Hills impro - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford park district approves contracts for Alpine Hills improvements

In a few months, Rockford should see the results of a multi-million dollar transformation at one park district property. You can expect year-round activities; some, the area's never seen before.

What you'll find now at Alpine Hills in Rockford will look completely different come fall. The driving range will still be here, but it's getting revamped and it'll join a few other additions.

"We just completed a board meeting where your park Board of Commissioners have approved several contracts with some new friends and partners." -Rockford Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke announces Tuesday.

By the end of this summer, a new project will be up and running as the Alpine Hills Adventure Park and Golf Center. It'll be home to a five-hole golf course and some seasonal activities the area's never seen before. Rockford Superparks will run winter activities like sledding, skiing and snowboarding. Experienced-Based Learning will install and oversee a zip line.

"This will be the first zip line tour in the Rockford market." -says EBL President & CEO Steve Gustafson.

The adventure park and golf center comes with a $3.5 million price tag. Some of the larger contributors, Rockford Superparks and Experienced-Based Learning. Combine, they've invested roughly $900,000. The park district's collected more than $950,000 in private donations. They have $400,000 in grant funding. Plus, the land used to create this center was donated.

"The Hansberger family made this fantastic donation to the park district in 2011." -says RPD Board of Commissioners President Tyler Smith.

The park district still has some work to do before they can cover the project's total cost.

"We've got about $210,000 left to get us to the top of the thermometer, but we're so close, we're proceeding with the project now so we can get these great activities out here for our local citizens. Get kids out here, get them off the couch." -Smith adds.

Park district leaders say they're working to make this center affordable for all families. They're completing a separate fundraiser to help low-income residents enjoy Alpine Hills.

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