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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Rockton is home to many great parks, each offering their own unique atmosphere and recreational activities. With so many wonderful spaces to play, it’s no surprise that families of all ages are moving to Rockton and enjoying the perfect mix of youthful spirit and historic character.

Village Green Park, home to Walt Williamson Pool, is just two blocks south of downtown. Kids all summer long enjoy a day at the park, where they enjoy the swimming pool, a playground, picnic area, and open grass spaces to run and play. It’s the perfect village park.

Settler’s Park, just one block south of downtown, is a beautiful space spanning three city blocks of the Rock River. The park is home to the Rockton River Market, Old Settler’s Days, and many other great festivities throughout the year. Any given day you will find weddings at the gazebo overlooking the river, people enjoying a walk through the park, or a pick-up basketball game on the court. There is even a baseball diamond to practice your swing.

Dogwood Park is the most recent addition to Rockton’s parks. Previously known as Barwood Golf Course, the land has been transformed into a wonderful dog park for your best friends to enjoy. It’s the perfect space to let your dog run free and play.

Rockton has two golf courses in the community – Macktown & Redbarn, with two others very close by, Ledges & Atwood Homestead. There are several other golf courses just minutes away, Sugar River Greens in Shirland, Aldeen in Rockford, and numerous other great courses you can play for under $50.

Rockton’s public boat ramps provide river access to residents and visitors who enjoy boating and water recreation, such as canoeing and fishing on the Rock, Pecatonica and Sugar Rivers (all abundant with fish). Another water attraction is the Walt Williamson Swimming Pool located in Village Green Park.

In addition to its many water and park attractions, Rockton has a newly constructed 18-hole disc golf course and an extensive bike path that welcomes walkers, joggers and bikers. The bike path networks Rockton with neighboring Roscoe and beyond! The Rockton Athletic Fields are home to the Roscoe Rush Professional Football team, and feature multiple baseball games throughout the summer. The athletic fields will feature six baseball diamonds, six soccer fields, a football field, a concession area, a playground, a two-mile walking path and a skate park by the time it is completed.

Campers can stake their claims at two county forest preserves. Both Hononegah Forest Preserve (62 campsites) and Sugar River Forest Preserve (100 campsites) have full amenities.

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