With a quick push of a button, you and the kiddos can get cool at these Rockford area parks.

You are probably already sick and tired of talking about the weather. Well guess what, when it's going to be as hot as it is, the weather is the only thing worth talking about.

I stand firm in the idea that no one, and I mean no one, is happy that it will be as humid and hot as predicted today and tomorrow.

With heat indexes of 100 degrees plus, everyone is doing their best to make sure there are enough options available for the city to keep cool.

Both Winnebago and Boone Counties have Cooling Centers that you are welcome to visit.

The Rockford Park District is also helping guests beat the heat when they visit certain parks in the city.

Automatic spray pads, or park sprinklers, are at the following park locations. You can activate them by pushing a button anytime between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.


  • Beattie Playground (1251 Rural Street)
  • Bloom School Playground (2901 Pelham Road)
  • Brown Park (2010 North Main Street)
  • Churchill Park (2002 7th Avenue)
  • Harmon Park (1924 East Gate Parkway)
  • Keye-Mallquist Park (1702 11th Street)
  • Liberty Park (1555 Morgan Street)
  • Mandeville Park (650 Montague Road)
  • S. Henrietta Park (527 S. Henrietta Street)
  • Washington Park (3617 Delaware Street)

There are also two other park locations that have spray pads as well. These locations usually need to be requested to be turned on. But, since the heat index will be over 100 degrees, they will automatically be activated from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  • Blackhawk Park (101 15th Avenue)
  • Dahlquist Park (3251 Oak Grove Avenue)

For more information on the spray pads you can call Customer Service at 815-987-8800.


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