A community group has been raising donations in an effort to save a Rockford attraction from retirement.
Due to a budget deficit of $1 million, the Rockford Park District has been forced to cease operations of both the Forest City Queen riverboat and Trolley Car 36 in 2018.
A group of citizens has rallied to raise the $16,000 needed to operate the trolley car along the Sinnissippi Bike Path this summer.
As of Wednesday morning, they have secured $12,654 of their goal.
If the budget is reached, Trolley Car 36 will operate on Friday afternoons for public rides, Friday evenings for free City Market rides (4:30 p.m – 8:00 a.m.) and public rides on Saturday from 11 a.m – 4 p.m.
The group states that if they exceed the goal, they will continue to fundraise for an ultimate goal of $30,000 to run a full schedule season.
The public is asked to help by donating to the cause on the group’s gofundme page.