ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Some areas of Rock Cut State Park reopened to the public on Friday. The park’s status was left in question after it was omitted from a state list of parks scheduled to reopen under Gov. JB Pritzker’s modified stay-at-home order.
According to the park’s concession vendor, “Rock Cut is open. Not the concession, beach or campground. We will work to fill pop machine at the concession next week and fill the bait machine. No minnows until we open the concession. It opened this morning. This is all we know. We will post more as we find out. We can at least hike and fish. Boat launches are open.”
Representatives for Rock Cut State Park confirmed not everything is open but visitors can drive through.
According to Sen Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford), Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan and representatives of Gov. JB Pritizker’s administration workedto include Rock Cut among 24 state parks initially scheduled to open May 1. Those discussions led to 35 additional state parks reopening today, including Rock Cut.
“I thank Director Callahan and the governor’s staff for taking another look at its criteria for reopening state parks,” Stadelman said. “Rock Cut is among this community’s most treasured public assets, and its size allows plenty of space for people to enjoy nature while maintaining social distance. In these trying times, the ability to move around and be outdoors is a welcome relief.”
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