With a picnic, K-9 demonstrations and “meet and greet,” the day went off wonderfully, and was a great community event for all. As well, it was used as a memorial dedication of green space for the late Matthew F. Parker, Jr. a former Rock Island Township Trustee who served the community for more than three-and-a-half decades.
The day’s man focus was Safety of Residents, with participation from Illinois Child Protection Identification Program (CHIP) representatives. CHIP takes information about children should they need to assist authorities if something happens to their child, giving parents peace of mind. The idea is to identify and locate the child should something happen.