"Riverside reopens on limited basis" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Even though Riverside Park recently opened only for day use, several citizens (above) are taking advantage of it to fish and to swim.

   Riverside Park recently opened for day use from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. after being closed for almost nine months due to Hurricane Harvey. 
   “Riverside Park is open with limited resources but the city is taking steps to get the park fully restored, we ask that citizens be patient during this process, we see this as an opportunity to revamp Riverside Park in a sustainable way,” assistant public works director Marla Jasek. 
   “The park reopened on July first for day use only at no cost to the public. When we have a date for the sewer system replacement then we will have a date for a complete reopening of the park.” 
   A sign in the park reminds attendees that certain amenities are unavailable such as: 

  •     No camping or hookups. 
  •     No boat launch. 
  •     No flush toilets or showers. 
  •     The ranger station is closed. 
  •     Park fees are suspended and entrance is free. 

   For those that want to swim, the Parks and Recreation Facebook page has advised that there are no guards on duty. 
   “Swim at your own risk,” said the page. 
   “The boat launch won’t be able to be used for some time. The ramp has to be rebuilt.” 
   Bids to fix the on-site sewage facility (OSSF) for Riverside Park were taken at City Hall until Tuesday afternoon. 

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