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Rockford Park District invites community to participate in ‘We (Heart) Our Parks’ campaign

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Park District is inviting the public to “spread a little love” throughout the park this month.

Through the support of Daniel P. Weyrauch, DDS, and the Winnebago County Dental Society, 1,000 free “We (Heart) Our Parks” kits will be available to anyone in the community.

Each kit includes supplies to make a stained glass heart to hang on a tree at a specific Rockford Park District park or facility.

Although the Rockford Park District has more than 80 parks, hearts should only be hung on a designated tree located at the following locations: Mandeville Park, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Saturn Park, Wantz Memorial Park, Washington Park Community Center, and Williams Sports Field.

February is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Each kit also includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss to help ensure healthy smiles.

“We are happy to support this fun family activity, and smile thinking about the many memories we’ve all made at a neighborhood park,” Weyrauch said in a release. “Partnering with the Rockford Park District to provide these free kits was the perfect way we could emphasize the importance of establishing good dental hygiene practices that don’t just last for a month, but become a part of area youth’s daily routine.”

Heart kits are available while supplies last at Carlson Ice Arena, Lockwood Park, Mercyhealth Sportscore Two, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Snow Park at Alpine Hills, UW Health Sports Factory and Washington Park Community Center.

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