Giving to Help Me Play provides financial support, so all youth can access and experience the lifelong benefits of play through the Rockford Park District.

Your gift provides support for:

Youth Programs

  • Programs that provide social, recreational and leadership skill development
  • Playground programs
  • Camps
  • Lessons
  • Equipment, and uniform costs


  • Neighborhood, quadrant and pocket playground areas throughout the community

Fee Assistance

  • Discounted registration fees for lessons, leagues, or activities
  • Discounted ticket packets for Rockford Park District facilities

Youth Programming Endowment

This endowment sustains and enhances the Park District's ability to offer free and low cost recreation programs in the neighborhoods directly to the children who need organized activities the most. These programs keep young people busy during non-school times with physical activities and helps them interact with peers and establish positive relationships. Click link below to donate to the Youth Programming Endowment.


Sinnissippi Gardens Project

The Rock River is our community’s most prominent natural resource, an excellent recreational asset, and popular year‐round community gathering place. With increased attendance at Nicholas Conservatory, Eclipse Lagoon, and the Rock River Recreation Path, there is an immediate need to increase areas for people to utilize for recreational needs, or just to relax.

The Sinnissippi Perennial Gardens Project will act as a continued catalyst for riverfront development with a re-imagined, ADA accessible, sensory garden with native perennial plantings, and the restoration of the Pagoda. The re-imagination of the perennial garden will allow for increased programming on the riverfront including tours, educational sessions and rental options which will lead to additional developments on and around the riverfront. The completion of this area will provide an added value to the campus and will also allow for programming to extend into different settings.

Atwood Silent Sports Trails

The Atwood Silent Sports Trails Project will develop a recreational compacted earth trail system and supporting amenities within the 334 acres of Atwood Park. Completed trails will complement the existing Education Center by bringing a host of new options for outdoor recreational and educational programming for children. The project will include new signage with dedicated walking paths that include loops and mileage indicators in addition to historic signage regarding the Camp Grant aspect of the site. Ultimately, the goal is to connect the public and participants to their natural and cultural environments.