Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
RIVERSIDE — The city of Riverside celebrated its sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary last week — as well as the reopening of Railroad Park — with a ribbon cutting.
“This project is about two or three years in the making, and I think we broke ground in early April,” Mayor Allen Schneider said. “The goal initially was to put down a surface like this for safety and accessibility, and it’s really great to see how it’s turned out … I’m glad we’ve got some kids here because I didn’t want to be the first one to have to go down the slide.”
The renovations included a new soft fall surface (complete with a Starfleet insignia,) additional parking and handicap-accessible swings added to the playground.
The city thanked a large number of people for their role in the project, including the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, the Washington Economic Development Group, city staff and the project’s contractors.
“It takes a community, let me tell you,” City Administrator Christine Yancey said. “I’ve worked with every one of you on getting this going, getting it done so quickly … it just went like that, it was great.”
Yancey said former City Council Member Jeanine Redlinger also played a big role in the project.
“She’s been very instrumental in having this soft surface and having a safe place for the children to play,” she said.