ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Experts are calling Rockford the perfect place for it and now dozens of people in our area say they agree, however, paving the way for several new trails could be a bit of a bumpy road.
Activities like mountain biking, hiking and cross country skiing make up something being called, “Silent Sports” and the Rockford Park District says it wants to clear nearly 50 miles of new trails for those silent sports to bring more attention to the Stateline but it’s not going to come cheap.
The park district says it will have to fund-raise more than $2 million dollars to complete the project. About half of that money would cover the cost of building a triple-level slopestyle bike park at alpine hills – X-Games style jumps and obstacles with a bunny hill for beginners. The other half would feature more than 40 miles of leisure opportunities through Atwood Park. According to the trail designer, Rockford’s biggest draw is also its biggest challenge.
“There’s not a lot of trails in this area, ya know, and there’s not a lot of trails even around Chicago so you’ve got a great opportunity here to create a regional draw,” said Progressive Trail Design president, Nathan Woodruff. “Really just the terrain, the topography, is really cool. It’s perfectly suited for awesome single-track.”
Woodruff says the courses would be divided into beginner, intermediate and expert skill levels, similar to ski slopes, so that anyone can enjoy them. He says the project will likely take two years after the money is raised.
The park district is dividing the silent sports project into phases so that we won’t need the full $2.2 million. RPD says the money will have to be mostly by donation and phase one will cost less than $500,000 dollars. Donations are all tax deductible and can be made by contacting the Rockford Park District directly: 815-987-8826.
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