Parks & Recreation

If you enjoy the great outdoors, there’s simply no better place to experience it than the Sterling/Rock Falls area.
Area highlights include:

  • More than 30 parks—complete with miles of hiking trails, sports fields and courts, swimming pools, marinas, beaches and more
  • Skate parks—for the thrill seeker!
  • Three 18-hole golf courses
  • An equestrian facility

Plus! State-of-the-art indoor fitness facilities

A Sports Illustrated “Good Sports Community” of the Year
Our park system offers more than 500 programs for people of all ages.

Sterling Park District
http://www.sterlingparkdistrict.com/
Administrative Offices/Duis Center
211 East St. Mary’s Road
Sterling, IL 61081
815-622-6200

Rock Falls (Coloma Township) Park District
http://www.colomatownshipparkdistrict.com/
508 East Eleventh Street
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815-625-0272
For a listing of all Coloma Township parks and facilities, download a brochure here:

Local parks and recreational facilities include:

Bowman Family Park
West First Street
Downtown Rock Falls, IL 61071
Charming shelter has hosted many weddings.  Also fishing and scenic natural area

Centennial Park
East Eleventh Street
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815-625-272
Canoes and paddleboats, fishing, baseball diamonds, picnic facilities, tennis courts and playgrounds.

Emerald Hill Golf & Learning Center
16802 Prairieville Road
Sterling, IL  61081
815-622-6204
Golf, cross-country skiing, sledding

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
Hiking trails, fishing, boating, canoeing, hunting, horseback riding, winter sports, visitor center
815-454-2328

Lawrence Park
Avenue G Island
Sterling, IL 61081
815-622-6205
Boat access, fishing, picnic area and playground equipment.

Nims Park
East Third Street and Avenue E
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815-625-0272
Baseball diamonds, basketball courts, pavilion and playground. On the scenic Hennepin Canal.

Oppold Marina
Stouffer Road
Sterling, IL 61081
815-622-6203
Public marina with boat access, park, canoe and boat rental, ice-skating, ice fishing and playground

Seward Riverside Park
East Second Street
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815-625-5131
Scenic drive, excellent fishing and abundant wildlife plus playground equipment and a picnic area. All on the beautiful Rock River.

Sinnissippi Park
Sinnissippi Road
Sterling, IL 61081
815-622-6200
Baseball diamonds, picnic facilities, Frisbee golf course, nature trails, bird watching and cross-country skiing. Includes Hopewellian Indian Mounds , listed with the Register of National Historic Places.

Westwood Sports Center
1900 Westwood Drive
Sterling, IL  61081
815-626-6201
Ball diamond, basketball courts, batting cages, cardiovascular area, cross-country skiing, racquetball, tennis, volleyball, track and wallyball courts

Get to know us today and we think you'll see
why Sterling/Rock Falls is just where you belong.

1200 Sixth Avenue
PO Box 1200
Columbus, GA 31902-1200
Phone (706) 327-1566 or
(800) 360-8552
Fax (706) 327-7512
[email protected]