Riverfront Museum Park celebrates 25 years as the city’s social center point. The celebration also has an open air movie party this year. However, the dispatch of the Forest City Queen Riverboat from a different vessel dock.
Almost 25 people boarded the Riverboat at the new dock behind Burpee Museum. Aboard, they toasted with non-alcoholic spirits as it propelled from the new four-watercraft dock for a brisk ride down the Rock River. However, for the rest of the season, the Riverboat is available as a water taxi on Tuesdays for gatherings. Stacking will also happen at the new dock.
It’s a test endeavor to grow a water taxi benefit that will make stops at the new dock and different spots along the stream starting one year from now.
“It’s one more resource for accessing various locations that have been here for a long time,” said Tim Dimke, official chief of Rockford Park District.
The Park District Foundation raised $195,046 for the new dock. A $65,665 gift from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity paid for the task. Gallery Park incorporates the Discovery Center Museum, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Dance Company and Northern Public Radio under one rooftop. The companies are working together to come up with special programs for groups to cruise to each location on the Forest City Queen.
There’s also enumerate short underground passage associating with Burpee Museum along Main Street. The opening of the pontoon dock concurred with Museum Park’s commemoration. Facility Manager Cyndie Howard said it would be a help for social establishments downtown.
“It upgrades the grounds with openness,” she said. Throughout the years, the recreation center is refurbished to keep the area flourishing. “Every association has expanded projects, expanded participation and offered more effort,” Howard said. The night proceeded with dancing under the stars on the Riverfront Museum Park patio, which highlighted nourishment, music, and beverages.