- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 14:46
- Written by The Times Weekly
- Category: Living News
The Forest Preserve District of Will County will host a grand opening of the Rock Run Rookery, in Joliet, on Saturday, September 17, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The grand opening is free of charge and open to all ages.
Among the day's activities will be pontoon boat rides, children's games and giant inflatable slide, face painting and a balloonist, and a kids' fishing derby.
Live music will be provided by the band Time Machine, which performs oldies, classic and southern rock and a mix of newer tunes.
The fishing derby, for kids ages 5 to 16, will be at 1:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish in length caught for each age category: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16. Pre-registration is required. To request a registration form, call 815/727-8700 or download from the District's Web site, ReconnectWithNature.org. A parent or adult guardian must accompany each child. Space is limited, and day-of registration will not be offered. Participants must bring their own rod and reel for this shoreline fishing contest.
The 218-acre Rock Run Rookery features two fishing lakes formed from abandoned quarries. Free boating is available on the larger, 80-acre lake, and a boat launch and parking for trailers are provided.
The preserve also features a rentable picnic shelter and a 0.3-mile asphalt trail.
Sponsors for the grand opening are TransCanada, Chiro One Wellness Centers, First Midwest Bank, Rasmussen College, Bill Jacobs Subaru, Chicagoland Speedway, Wal-Mart, Pizza for U of Channahon, and Northern Illinois Steel.
The Rock Run Rookery is located on Youngs Road, just south of Route 6, in Joliet.
For information, call 815/727-8700 or visit ReconnectWithNature.org.