Volunteers rejuvenate Riverview Park
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:10:38 GMT —
Parts of Hannibal are still cleaning up from last month's storms.
Over 300 trees were estimated to be knocked down in Hannibal's hardest hit park by the late May storms.
"This park was devastated. All of our parks sustained damage, but this park received the a lot of damage. Trees were down everywhere. It was like a war zone," Hannibal Parks and Recreation Spokeswoman Mary Lynne Richards said.
Crews have been working day in and day out in Riverview Park as the first day of summer fast approached. When Parks and Rec knew the day was near they reached out for help for volunteers to help get America's Home Town Park back on its feet.
"Everyday since May 20, we have been in here almost everyday," Richards said.
"We started around the front entrance and are cleaning up some of the open areas. We have different kids who are raking, some are picking up sticks along the roadsides," gym teacher Scott Speer said.
Nearby High School kids and other volunteers made up the over 100 people that scoured the park picking up debris. Mary Lynne Richards says they have done a great job getting the park restored to this point but there are still some points in Riverview that are just too hard hit.
"We are opening up tomorrow, most of it. You are going to be able to go and see the statue. You are going to be able to go and go to the playground. But there are a few points that we are not going to open up yet. They are just too devastated and its just too dangerous," Richards said.
Tree cleanup will remain underway in the turnarounds in the park but roadways are clear for runners and vehicular traffic. This is thanks to the hard work of the community of Hannibal.
"I think its great to see the kids out here and their attitudes," Speer said.
"We are still telling people to be careful. The roads will be open and they can begin to enjoy Riverview Park again," Richards said.
All but two portions of the park have been re-opened.