Photos courtesy of Riverside Community Development Department
by Lynn Petrak
he best place to sit and think about what makes Riverside such a special community is actually at the riverside. There, at the edge of the Des Plaines River in Swan Pond Park, the view from a wooden bench is one right out of a postcard. From various vantage points, one can see the sun-dappled surface of the water, acreage of green space, rows of pristine trees, a grand stone library with leaded glass windows, a swinging bridge over the river, and, just beyond, a quaint downtown, complete with a charming train depot and elegant water tower that has become a village icon.
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Photo courtesy of Riverside Community Development Department