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Recreation District Phase 1 District Vision


Te Phase 1 Recreation District extends from East State Street to Lafayette Avenue, from the River to Madison Street. Tis area is a direct extension of the core area along East State Street which presents numerous opportunities for connections that will encourage people to spend more time in the Phase 1 redevelopment area. As well, the area’s existing assets, including its extensive riverfront property, create fertile ground for recreational and mixed-use development.


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Envisioned as an active area with strong connections to the Rock River, the Recreation District will offer an array of recreational uses that will complement the parks, facilities and public spaces. Whether kayak rentals or the public picnic area that fills up with families in the warmer seasons, there will be many reasons to visit this District often. Outdoor activity options include ice-skating, yoga in the park, a trail system that guiding bikers and joggers along the riverfront into adjacent districts, and more. Children of all ages will enjoy the outdoor game tables, beach volleyball courts, and outdoor workout stations. A skateboard park and basketball court located under the Jefferson Street bridge provide Rockford youth with outdoor recreation in a variety of weather conditions.


Events space along the river, and destination waterfront restaurants with patios overlooking the river, will offer unparalleled locations for dining and entertainment. Outdoor concerts and performances will be programmed on a regular basis. Te waterfront recreation district will be a repeat destination that is at its peak during warmer seasons and on the weekends. With activities and entertainment year round, the recreation district will be complementary to the successful City Market, creating a range of activities to enjoy during a trip to the City Center.


Te redevelopment of this recreation district will be a significant catalyst in attracting new residents to Madison Street, a prime location for living amid the riverfront activity and the growing commerce along East State Street.


Rockford is a well-known regional sports destination 34


Phase 1 Focus Area


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