WINTER: Open or Closed?
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The Rockford Park District is pleased to offer an exciting new opportunity to go ice skating or play hockey outdoors at the newly remodeled Eclipse Lagoon in Sinnissippi Gardens on the campus of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd Street, Rockford.
When weather permits and conditions are safe, the community is welcome to enjoy open ice skating or open hockey at Eclipse Lagoon daily from 9 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The ice needs to be at least 4 to 5 inches thick for the Eclipse Lagoon to open. Rockford Park District staff will check the thickness of the ice daily, and signs alerting residents of the conditions will be posted on site.
Quick Facts about Eclipse Lagoon Winter Activities:
- Hockey is available at the north end of the lagoon only. Goals are provided and available on a first come, first served basis.
- Heated restrooms are available at the outdoor pavilion.
- Bring your own skates; no rentals on site.
- Ice skating and hockey at the lagoon is FREE.
Public Ice Skating Rules
- Skate at your own risk; no Rockford Park District supervision provided
- Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor weather
- Adults are responsible for the children under their care
- Participants may not carry infants or children while skating
- Skaters accept responsibility for knowing the range of their ability while on skates, and skating within the limits of that ability
- Use of hockey sticks and pucks are only allowed on the north side of the lagoon
- Foul language or inappropriate behavior may result in immediate removal from the facility
- Do not leave valuables unattended; the Rockford Park District is not responsible for any lost or stolen articles
- Report any inappropriate or illegal conduct to the Rockford Park District Park Police at 815-966-2900. In case of emergency call 9-1-1.
The Eclipse Lagoon is 500 feet long and has been a landmark in the community since the 1920s. Over the years, the lagoon has remained a popular spot for residents to gather. In the summer, many stroll along the lagoon on the way to the Rock River Recreation Path or the Sinnissippi Park rose garden. In the winter, the lagoon often serves as an outdoor skating rink.
Lagoon Restoration Project
The restoration of the lagoon started as part of the park district's 100th anniversary riverfront restoration program. In fall 2011, the Rockford Park District Foundation accepted a donation from William Charles, Ltd., an anonymous donor, and a major donation package from the Eclipse Foundation to cover the renovation costs. In summer 2012, the new lagoon was reopened and officially named Eclipse Lagoon.