Award Winning Park

National Park & Recreation Awards

  • The Rockford Park District received the 2012 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Aquatics International Awards

  • 2011: "Rated #4 Publicly-owned Waterpark in the Country"

World Waterpark Association Awards

  • 2015: Best Social Media Campaign
  • 2015: Best Promotion
  • 2014: Best Social Media Campaign
  • 2012: Best Press/Media Kit
  • 2011: Best TV Commercial
  • 2011: Best Poster
  • 2011: Best Employee Retention and Awards Program
  • 2010: Best Brochure
  • 2010: Best Employee Retention and Awards Program
  • 2010: Best Recruiting and Hiring Program
  • 2009: Best Employee Retention and Awards Program
  • 2009: Best Recruiting and Hiring Program
  • 2009: Best Training Program
  • 2008: Best Employee Retention and Awards Program
  • 2008: Best Recruiting and Hiring Program
  • 2008: Best Radio Commercial
  • 2006: Best Brochure
  • 2001: Sales Video
  • 1997: In-Park Promotional Event
  • 1995: In-Park Special Promotional Event

Safety Awards

  • 2014: Gold International Aquatic Safety Award
  • 2013: Gold International Aquatic Safety Award
  • 2012: Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award
  • 2011: Gold International Aquatic Safety Award
  • 2010: Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award
  • 2009: Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award
  • 2008: Gold International Aquatic Safety Award
  • 1993: Gold International Aquatic Safety Award
  • 1991: Gold International Aquatic Safety Award

Other Awards

  • 2015: What Rocks In The Rock River Valley - Best Swimming Pool
  • 2015: People Love Us On Yelp
  • 2014: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 2014: People Love Us On Yelp
  • 2011: Big Squirt Funtastic Splash Award - for hosting a special Big Squirt Day of fun for guest activities and revenue
  • 2008: Festival of Lights Display - People's Choice Award - 3rd Place
  • 2002: One-Step At a Time – Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2001: What Rocks In The Rock River Valley - Best Place to cool-off
  • 2001: What Rocks In The Rock River Valley - Best Place for a Family Outing
  • 2001: What Rocks In The Rock River Valley - Best Place for a Birthday Party
  • 2001: What Rocks In The Rock River Valley - Best Teen Hangout
  • 1999: Rockford Park District Therapeutic Recreation - Recognition of Excellence welcoming facility for people with disabilities
  • 1999: Jeff Ellis & Associates - E&A Lifeguard Competition
  • 1994: Northern Illinois Building Contractors - Quality in Construction