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Riverview Park in Hannibal now open after a month of cleanup


Last month's storm in Hannibal left many of the city's parks unrecognizable, and the clean-up effort has taken a while.

The hardest hit was Riverview Park but thanks to more than 100 volunteers, it's finally back open after volunteers finished up most of the work Friday.

Cousins Isabella and Allie took a break from raking leaves to swing at Riverview Park.

An activity Isabella's aunt Virginia Hall says is something the girls love doing.

"They love coming up to the park. They love swinging, playing Frisbee, football," said Hall.

A lot of kids came out to volunteer Friday because many of them like Lydia Boland haven't been able to enjoy the park since the storm knocked down many trees a month ago.

"I was a little sad because I was really hoping to come here," said Boland.

Mary Lynne Richards of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department says Riverview is very popular among residents.

"People love this park, so they were anxious to come help us clean it up," said Richards.

Richards says all the city's parked were damaged, but the hardest hit was Riverview, and they were forced to close it.

She says crews have done most of the heavy lifting in the last month, but they needed volunteers to help with some of the finishing touches.

"We have a lot of it cleaned up, but what we needed volunteers for were the little things, like the sticks and raking," said Richards.

Now that the park is opened Boland says she will be back to play soon.

"I like to go down the bumpy slide," said Boland.  



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