Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion at Aldeen Golf Club Unveiled
ROCKFORD, IL – Norris Aldeen had a dream of providing a championship-quality golf course in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois. It had to be challenging, affordable, and available to everyone. His vision for his farmland continues to inspire others to dream. At a special Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, the Park Board approved multiple agreements to move forward with plans for a new indoor facility.
“We’ve known for years that we would eventually need a banquet facility large enough to host most golf outing dinners or other special events. Not having a larger indoor option has resulted in some outings moving off site, and even out of the area. Indoor facilities that provide year-round use are a priority in the Rockford Park District, especially due to the often unpredictable Midwest weather,” said Rockford Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke.
Thanks to a 10-year naming rights partnership with Rockford Bank & Trust, the name of the new pavilion will be Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion at Aldeen Golf Club driven by Giovanni’s, 1902 Reid Farm Road, Rockford. The Rockford Park District is projecting the Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion will allow for an additional 20-plus golf events, and expect that many other non-golf events will also utilize this new facility. “We are thrilled to be a part of the next phase of further enhancing the Rockford Park District and Aldeen Golf Club as the sponsor of the Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion,” said Tom Budd, President and CEO of Rockford Bank & Trust. “As a community bank, we see this as an extension of our commitment to the Rockford community, and we look forward to people enjoying this space for years to come.”
Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion at Aldeen Golf Club construction costs are projected to be $2.5 million plus kitchen and catering equipment (valued at $500,000) which includes site work, additional parking, the actual structure, and architectural design. The Rockford Park District is utilizing a variety of funding opportunities to make this project happen, including multiple generous donations, a naming rights agreement, and a continued partnership with Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, which operates Graystone Grill at Aldeen Golf Club. In addition to construction of the Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion, the Rockford Park District will also complete Aldeen Golf Club restroom renovations of which the Rockford Park District will provide $125,000 and an additional $60,000 from Rick and Lana Engen. Total project cost is $3,185,000.
Donations and funding committed to this project include the following:
Rockford Bank & Trust, 10-year naming agreement
Donation from Rick and Lana Engen
Donation from Norris & Margaret Aldeen Foundation
Rockford Park District
Subtotal for Construction
Al and Joe Castrogiovanni (equipment)
Total Project Costs
The financial support listed above will greatly help to meet the financial needs for the Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion construction. “This exciting opportunity expands the options for golfers, and might even allow us to host the Rockford Pro-Am in the future. The Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion at Aldeen Golf Club will provide significant long-term sustainable revenues for Aldeen Golf Club for decades to come,” said Duncan Geddes, Rockford Park District Director of Golf.
Construction of the Rockford Bank & Trust Pavilion is expected to begin this fall, and the facility will likely be open in June 2018.