Community Effort to Save Rockford Trolley Car 36 Nears Fundraising Goal

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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.

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