Bring the family out to the country to find fun, enjoy the benefits of being outdoors in fresh air and nature while engaging in safe recreational activities, and make memories at Rockford Park District's Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Rd. in northwest Rockford. There's a covered pony ring for children ages 1-7, and the Children's Farm Animal Barn with friendly farm animals. To complete their visit, families can relax together on a wagon ride through the park’s scenic meadows and woods.
Activities will be available Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm, through October 30, 2021, and include pony rides, wagon rides (departing every 30 minutes), free Children's Farm Barn visits, and staff-guided horseback trail rides through the scenic woods.
Information about Lockwood Park, as well as fees and ticket purchases for other activities with fees is available at www.lockwoodpark.com or by calling 815-987-8809. These are some of the many family friendly low-fee and free activities offered by the Rockford Park District for the community to enjoy.
Trail rides depart hourly from 10 am to 2 pm, and are $35 per person. Rides are for ages 8 and older; equestrian helmets are required, and are provided on site. Reservations are strongly recommended, and are taken at www.lockwoodpark.com and at 815-987-8809; payment is required at the time of reservation.
Visitors are welcome to picnic at the park. The park, its facilities, and some programs are wheelchair accessible. For more information about the park and its activities, group lessons, events, facility rentals, and horse boarding services, visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/lockwood or call 815-987-8809. Activities may close early if attendance is low; to confirm hours, please call ahead. Information on accessibility and adapted equipment for park visitors with disabilities is available at 815-987-8800.
Patrons are asked to wear facial coverings while inside the Trailside Centre, Children’s Farm, and when social distancing cannot be maintained outside. Safeguards have been implemented at Lockwood Park to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through routine cleaning, social distancing, and utilization of facial coverings in accordance with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Winnebago County Health Department.
Safety has been and will continue to be a top priority for the Rockford Park District. The District has worked with and followed guidelines from the CDC, IDPH, Restore Illinois, and local health officials to develop procedures and protocols to ensure a fun and safe recreational experience. Complete information is posted at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/playitsafe.