Repairs begin this week on the Forest City Queen Riverboat.
Members of the community donated over $16,000 to get the boat back up and running. The Rockford Park District cut the boat from its list of services in an attempt to balance a budget shortfall. Of the money raised, $10,000 will go toward necessary repairs to get the boat up to coast guard standards.
Work will take about four weeks. Any leftover funds will cover operational expenses. Prairie Street Brewhouse is happy to see so much community support to get the Queen back on the water.
"It’s close to our heart and how we operate our business being so close to the water and what we like to see and attractions we want to see in Rockford. So it’s nice to hear and see other people come forward and say they want to see the boat saved as well," said Chris Manual, CEO of Prairie Street Brewing Company.
The goal is to get the boat back in the water this August.