A grand opening was held for Manchester’s new Riverfront Park on Sunday.
Lots of people turned out to celebrate the town’s newest addition and enjoy live music, food, free ice cream and door prizes. They filled the picnic tables under the new shelter, walked up and down the trails, relaxed on the swinging benches along the river and did some tubing and kayaking on the Whitewater Park.
City Manager Tim Vick says it’s exactly what they pictured for Manchester – just in a slightly different location than originally thought.
The new Riverfront Park is located along West Main Street next to the Whitewater Park. The area once served as a football field and gas station – and most recently, it was the site of Smitty’s Tire and Appliance. The City has been working to get the site ready for the new park for the past couple years, with over 250-thousand dollars in grants helping with the project’s costs. It opened in early June. City Parks and Rec Director Doug Foley:
Along with several picnic tables at the new shelter, the park also has musical outdoor instruments, a kids’ play area, new public artwork and lots of parking. There are also informational kiosks about the river, community and its history. Delaware County Tourism Director Caryssa Philgreen says the new Riverfront Park will serve as a great welcome center to Manchester.
There’s still a few trees to plant at the park and they’re waiting for the grass to grow, but other than that – the park is ready to enjoy. And they’re hoping for more days like Sunday where live music and other events can be enjoyed along the river in the park’s shelter, which also serves an amphitheater.
photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH