I was running along the 3k running/bike path the other day, and started wondering why running races has gotten so expensive (marathon here was $50). Closing down streets, hiring pollice, organizer profit, etc. Why not expand the current running path to 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, marathon. and have most races run along it, a portion of the entry fees could go toward up keep, and people would have a better place to train for ...more »
Arts & Recreation
I was discussing the idea of Rockford becoming a top 25 destination with friends, and we agreed that something way outside the box will be necessary to compete with Mountains, Oceans, lakes, Blues festivals, etc... Today, as I was reflecting on our conversation the idea of Rockford obtaining some sort of significant retired aircraft, space shuttle, or maybe even a submarine or Navy ship in the Rock river occured to me, ...more »
I would LOVE to see the old Midway Theater downtown revitalized! Much like the Cornado, there is so much history there and we would be foolish not to preserve that! I think we could do a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money. It would be great if the theater could be turned into a movie theater - it could show old movies or movies that have been in the theaters for a while already - like the second run of the given ...more »
I'm looking for your comments... Many of us have visited or lived in other wonderful cities with great downtown areas. So I'd like to know what kind of fun you had in another city's downtown or even in Rockford in the past. What attracts you to a city's downtown area-- please list specifics like types of stores, entertainment, parks, food & drink and other attractions you've enjoyed. I'll start -- One downtown I know ...more »
We just visited The City Museum in St. Louis, and found it to be the most amazing place we have ever taken our 10 and 8 year old daughters. It is an old shoe factory in dowtown St. Loius that has been converted into lofts, apartment and a museum with the most amazing and interactive exhibits we have ever seen www.citymuseum.org. Obviously the Missouri liability climate is much more user friendly than our nanny state, ...more »
I recently moved to Rockford and I was amazed at the number of venues and artists involved in the recent Arts Scene event. I attended from 4 p.m. to close Saturday and was only able to visit a small portion of the venues -- mostly downtown and 7th St. The amount and variety of art was mind blowing. I wanted to see more of the artists and venues, but unfortunately ran out of time. I know there will be another Arts Scene ...more »
Rockford should Dye the river green for St Patrick's day, how cheap and fun would that be?
Impact Statement: Diverse forms of creative expression and recreation flourish and lead to self-fulfillment and national acclaim. In one sentence or phrase, please write your three ideas about how we will achieve this impact statement. In your statements, please consider: • WHO will make this happen? WHO will be impacted? • HOW will this be accomplished: (tool, asset, method, or network utilized)? • WHAT will be ...more »
How about a decommisioned F16 or a more regionally significant aircraft, on top of the new library or other riverfront location to creat a "Must See" item in downtown Rockford, and celebrate the aerospace industry. Is there anything out there that both Sunstrand and Woodward worked on? With a few Chrysler parts also?. How cool would that be? A must see attraction, will get people where you want them.