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The Rockford Park District has launched a buy-a-brick campaign to help pave a new patio area outside Nicholas Conservatory.
The patio, which is a part of the lagoon restoration project that began in October, will overlook the newly renovated Eclipse Lagoon. Both projects are expected to be complete in summer 2012.
Residents can purchase a 7″ x 9″ brick for $150. Each brick has five lines that can be engraved with 12-characters per line.
Bricks must be purchased by May 1 and only 2,000 bricks will be sold.
Bricks can be purchased online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/give, or in person at …
Today is your first chance to see the new Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens for free.
The $13.5 million conservatory opened to the public Oct. 29. It’s free to the public from 3 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, including today.
The conservatory is otherwise $6 to enter, or $8 if you are not a resident of Winnebago County or the Rockford Park District.
John Paddock of Loves Park complains in his Letter to the Editor published in today’s paper that the entrance fee for Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is too steep.
“It is obvious the building was not meant for common folk,” Paddock writes.
UPDATE: Admission to the state’s largest conservatory, Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, is free.
There are a few things to point out with Paddock’s letter. First, the entrance fee he and his wife should have been charged is $6, not the $8 fee he wrote about in his letter. Those who find that price too high …
Nicholas Conservatory had more than 2,500 visitors in its first week.
The new $13.5 million indoor tropical garden had 2,518 people visit between opening day on Oct. 29 and Sunday.
The Rockford Park District, which owns and operates the conservatory, has also sold 640 annual memberships to the 22,000 square foot facility.
A café that provides vocational training the men and women of the Rockford Rescue Mission’s Life Recovery Program has opened inside Nicholas Conservatory.
It is the second location for Restoration Café, the Rescue Mission’s soup, sandwich and coffee shop. The original Restoration Cafe, 625 W. State St., has been open since June 2009.
“The original location has been open since June 2009 and continually gets great reviews from our patrons. The opportunity to be part of this great new addition in our community is very exciting for us,” said Sherry Pitney, executive director of the Rescue Mission.