Posted by Claire Gierat on Nov 03, 2020

On October 14th, 2020 the Belvidere Rotary Club and the Belvidere Park District held a dedication of the newly renovated playground at Bloom Playground in Belvidere Park.  The new playground has a new soft rubber base especially beneficial to the participants of the Districts Northlands Association for Special Recreation (NASR). 

The NASR program is a cooperative partnership between the Belvidere, Freeport, and Rockford Park Districts. Through the Belvidere Special Recreation Department of the Belvidere Park District, services are provided for high quality recreation programs and services to individuals, ages 3 through adulthood, with various mental and physical disabilities who reside within Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois.  Included in the Bloom Playground is a Rotary International marble plaque in the ground by a tree and a bench by the zip line, also donated by the Belvidere Club.

The Belvidere Club contributed $19,530 toward the purchase of the new playground equipment, which included $2,300 from their District Grant. (Click on link below for more!)








The newly renovated playground also has a Zip Line along with the normal swings and slides.  It is designed to allow everyone of all ages to enjoy. The Belvidere Club was able to raise the money for this project through a number of Talent Shows they held for several years.  Previous to this donation for the playground, money had also been donated to the New Horizons program through NASR for those individuals with disabilities 21 and older.  Thus sparking the Belvidere Club’s idea for a safe playground for all ages and abilities. The New Horizons program works with individuals on such things as daily living skills, healthy lifestyle concepts, meal planning, and community participation.  The Belvidere Club has been supporting the NASR program since 2012 with donations from the Talent Show Fundraisers.