Shorewood Park, home of the Ski Broncs, to undergo $800k renovation

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WTVO) — Shorewood Park in Loves Park, home to the Ski Broncs, is set to undergo $800,000 in renovations later this year.

Rep. Dave Vella (D-68th) and leaders from Loves Park, Machesney Park and the Rockford Park District announced the grant investment on Friday.

Photo: Rockford Park District

Located at 235 Evelyn Avenue along the Rock River, the improvements to Shorewood Park will include a renovated seawall, an expanded show stage, resurfacing around the bleacher area, and an expanded boat staging area.

Over the years, the shoreline has been eroding, forcing the Ski Broncs team to cancel shows.

“Especially when we are hosting tournaments, it’s vital that our shoreline stays intact, no matter what the weather is doing,” said Ski Broncs president, Steve Kling.

Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury said it is important to keep the tradition of the Ski Broncs shows alive.

“It’s amazing how kids that are performing today, their grandparents were involved in it, and their parents were involved in it, so it’s just a long-standing tradition,” he said.

The improvements have been part of the Rockford Park District’s master plan over several years, but only minor changes have been made to date due to a lack of funding.

“This year is just the planning stage, and then in the fall, when this season is over in the fall of 2022, we will start the construction and be ready for the ’23 season,” Jury said.

Kling says it feels like a dream come true.

“It will be a beautiful thing. It really will. It will be nice to look at and it will be a much better, safer place for our skiers and a great place to come and visit,” he said.

The work is expected to be complete by the spring of 2023.

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