Six Flags takes over at Magic Waters

Six Flags took over management of Magic Waters after signing a 10-year contract to lease the park from the Rockford Park District. It will be known as Six Flags Magic Waters. Rockford Park District Board president Ian Linnabary, Six Flags Great America Park president Hank Salemi and Six Flags Magic Waters general manager Hope Edwards are in the photo. Source: Rockford Register Star, April 18, 2019.

Meet Ann Bloomfield, Rockford’s newest golf leader

Ann Bloomfield is the first woman director of golf for the Rockford Park District, and only the third person to hold the position in 41 years. The last two years she was the head pro in charge of Sandy Hollow and Sinnissippi golf courses. Source: Rockford Register Star, April 9, 2019.

Sledding past gang graffiti, Sunset Park, as found in Rockford, Big Town, Little City, by Pat Cunningham.


This building is the bottom half of what was the Sunset Park shelter house, as identified by Jean Lythgoe. Compare with the 1917 photograph of Sunset Park and the partial photo of this one Note the concession window, the door, and the smaller window. The two other photos mentioned can be found in the Local History database.

Joe Marino, statue – 7/5/2010


Source: Rockford Register Star 7/5/2010

formerly known as Waterside Park was renamed Joe Marino Park, July 4, 2010

Organized Independence Day  Celebrations for 47 years

The statue was sculpted by David Seagraves and paid for by Friends of Joe Marino










“Metro Centre’s team begins eastern blitz” – Jan. 1978

Source:  Star 1/30/1978, by Tom Schafer


“Book by Webbs Norman explores history….” – Jan. 2012


Source: The Rock River Times, Jan. 11 – 17, 2012


“Civic Center funds nearly gone” – 1/28/1977

Source: Rockford Morning Star 1/18/1977

“Tinker Topics” – April – June 2018 issue

The Rockford Public Library Local History and Genealogy Dept. retains copies of former newsletter and news articles and books



Source: Donation of Member Newsletter


Charlotte’s Web/Sinnissippi Summer Series – 2012

Source: The Rock River Times, June 27 – July 3, 2012; Vol.  19, No. 36