Windsor Lake in Loves Park will open to public recreation later this month under two agreements approved Tuesday by the Rockford Park District board.
Commissioners agreed to provide recreational services at the 12-acre private lake, located off North Alpine Road and Windsor Road in Loves Park, under a lease with Ed Carlson Sr. and family through Dec. 31, 2012.
The board also approved hiring Paddle and Trail of Loves Park to operate water programs and activities at a Regional Activity Center at Windsor Lake. The center would offer water programs such as kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. The lake also would be open to the public for regulated fishing leagues, and derbies along with hiking, exploration and winter activities.
Boating on Windsor Lake would be available only through rental options at Paddle and Trail.
Under the agreements, the park district would incur minimal expense. All operational costs will be the responsibility of Paddle and Trail. The board will review the 2012 agreements at the end of the year and consider the future of a lease with the Carlson family at Windsor Lake.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. June 22 to officially open the Regional Activity Center.