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Pandemic Relief Funds Will Pay for RIFAC Upgrades


Rock Island may use over half a million dollars in COVID relief funds to fix up the fitness and activity center.

Todd Winter is the assistant director of Rock Island Parks and Recreation. He says RIFAC struggled during the pandemic, but now its busier than ever.

"It's been a hub of our community for over 40 years, and it's our main Parks and Rec facility. It's kind of the base of our program, our administrative offices are located there, as well as our main Parks and Rec registration office. We have over 4,000 members, which is above our pre-pandemic level."

The proposed funds, totalling $707,000, would come from the American Rescue Plan Act. It would pay for new windows, doors, lockers, additions to the pool and preschool areas, saunas, and building maintenance.

Winter says the project is already part of the city’s plan for the relief funds. At Monday's council study session, the Parks and Rec Department asked city council to officially approve it.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.