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Riverside Park in Watertown looking for funds for renovation

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

POSTED Monday, July 21, 2014-- 6:00 p.m.

Chamberland at Riverside Park has had it's fair share of wear and tear, but a business owner is making sure it remains a place for kids to play.

Chamberland playground was built by the community in 1996. Half of the $140,000 project was raised with the rest matched by the city.

Now, 18 years later, the community's stepping up again to give it new life.

"It's a nice safe area in the community, just sprucing things up there will help improve the looks of the park greatly," said John Mason.

Mason, owner of Northside Auto is donating 10% of his July sales to the renovation.

"It's a worth while cause, and I like to support the community that's supported us over the years."

The biggest expense is the wheelchair accessible rubber surface, costing $50,000 to replace. It's far outlived its 10 to 12 year expectancy.

"It's a really nice place for the kids to play and develop their skills."

For families like the Masons, it's a place to take their son as he grows up and a way to take pride in their community.

"I'm proud of my husband for taking the time to do this," said John's wife, Jolene Mason. "When this guy's a little older he'll be proud too. He'll have a place to play."

If you'd like to help with the project, you can donate to Northside Auto, Watertown Community Foundation, or Watertown Chamber of Commerce.

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