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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

Balanced budget okayed by Park Board

The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners approved the 2014 Budget and Appropriation Ordinance at a Board of Commissioners meeting last week.

The 2014 budget is balanced for the 105th consecutive year, within available resources, and is aligned to achieve the District's Priority Results. The 2014 operating budget is $31,181,588. When compared to the 2013 budget, this represents an increase of $867,614 or 3%. The increase in revenues is derived from taxes ($310,055), intergovernmental ($501,280), and fees/sponsorship/advertising/other ($56,279). The 2014 Capital Improvement Program budget is $9,487,934.

Rockford Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke said, "We are fully committed to being good stewards of public funds. The 2014 budget is a trimmed, lean budget that stretches financial and human resources while achieving a high quality of standards in every area of operation. Our residents value the Rockford Park District as a good return on their investment through taxes and fees paid, and we will continue to deliver a high quality park and recreation system at a reasonable cost to residents and visitors."

Since the 2008 recession, the Park District has made about $5.4 million in mid-year budget adjustments or annual budget reductions. 


RVC presents 'People You Should Know'

Rockford University and the Rockford Chamber have partnered together to present the People You Should Know (PYSK) Talks. This series, highlighting a collection of twice-monthly talks, features recipients of the Chamber’s 2013 People You Should Know Awards.

Honorees are now hosting talks on various Wednesdays through July 30, from 12 – 1 p.m. in the 5100 Building, room 122 located on the Rockford University campus at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. All talks are free and open to the public. Audience members are welcome to bring their own lunch, or purchase a lunch with their reservation. Attendees are also invited to ask questions in a short Q&A session at the conclusion of each talk.  

Seating is limited to 50 attendees on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration is required. To register, go to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.RockfordChamber.com/events. If you are unable to attend for any reason, the talks will be videotaped and available on the Rockford University Community Education page.  

Questions can be directed to Lauren Kepler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 815-226-4021.   

Jack Becherer of Rock Valley College was first up last week. Tyler Barden Smith of Tyler’s Landscaping Services Inc appears on Jan. 29 and Gordon Eggers of Crusader Community Health is scheduled for Feb. 5.


Reservations for forest shelters

The Winnebago County Forest Preserve District will begin taking reservations for use of its shelterhouses for the 2014 season beginning on Monday, Feb. 23.

The fee to reserve for a resident of Winnebago County is $50 for small shelterhouses, $75 for large shelterhouses without electricity, and $85 for large shelterhouses with electricity.  The fee to reserve for a non-resident of Winnebago County is $75 for small shelterhouses, $100 for large shelterhouses without electricity, and $115 for large shelterhouses with electricity.

Reservations for the District’s 27 shelters will be taken on a first come-first served basis at WCFPD headquarters at 5500 Northrock Drive. A reservation application may be requested by phone or in person. Emails will be taken at the end of the day. 

For descriptions, panoramic photos and information on shelterhouses visit the Forest Preserve District web site at www.wcfpd.org. For a complete list of shelter house locations, capacities and facilities, call 815-877-6100 or E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Golf indoors at Indoor Sports Center

Golfers of all ages can keep their swing tuned up or just take a break from winter at Rockford's first indoor golf range, located at Rockford Park District's Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. The indoor range is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March 12, 2014, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

This is one of many low-fee activities offered by the Rockford Park District; special flight range balls are $5.00 per bucket of approximately 50 ($6.00 non-resident). Take your game to the next level with private lessons available by appointment through PGA Professionals. (Lesson fees vary.) Click here for more information, or call 815-885-1135. For information on adapted equipment and programs for golfers with disabilities, call 815-987-8800.


Tinkers' European travels on exhibit

Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent St., Rockford, presents The Traveling Tinkers: The European Exhibition Exhibit now running through April 13.

Robert Tinker spent nine months touring the European continent, visiting one  place after another. Throughout his travel, Robert kept a diary chronicling every event with vivid accounts of the different places he saw, the buildings, landscapes, and the people he met. 

Admission is $7 adult, $6 senior, $5 age 6-17. Call (815) 964-2424 or visit www.tinkercottage.com for more information.



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