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PAGE 10B: THEN & NOW PRESS & DAKOTAN n MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 From A Dump To A Jewel Once A Garbage Dump, Riverside Park Has Become One Of The Finest Parks In The Region BY DILLON DWYER dillon.dwyer@yankton.net T here are more than a dozen parks in Yankton, but Riverside Park reigns as one of the most heavily used and unique parks throughout the community s history. Yankton received the land for the park on Jan. 18, 1868. However, the city used the area as a garbage dump for a number of years before finally establishing it as Riverside Park in 1933. Going back in time, that s where the city dumped its trash and garbage, said Todd Larson, director of Parks, Recreation and City Events. Whenever we are working on the baseball field or out in the park, we still have issues with digging up things that were buried down there during that time. We often find different types of metal and glass in the dirt were digging through. As it stands now, Riverside Park is far from the garbage dump it used to be. The 32-acre park along the Missouri River features a replica of the Dakota Territorial Capitol building, seven open-air picnic shelters, a boundless playground, public restrooms, a softball field, Bob Tereshinski Stadium, an amphitheater, boat ramps, a handicap-assessable fishing pier and walking trails. Riverside Park is and has always been a great asset to our community, Larson said. Organizations like the Mount Marty College (MMC), Yankton High School, and youth and amateur baseball and softball teams use PHOTO: DAKOTA TERRITORIAL MUSEUM KELLY HERTZ/P&D Riverside Park (unfortunately, shown at left being flooded during the 1950s) started as being part of a riverfront red light district, then became a city garbage dump until it was finally refurbished into the park it is today. It plays host to Riverboat Days (right), which has turned into Yankton s biggest visitor weekend of the year. the park regularly for their games throughout the warm-weather months. It was about three years ago that MMC added turf to the infield area of the stadium, Larson said. The college also spearheaded the funding process to obtain the naming rights for the field to be called Bob Tereshinski Stadium at Riverside Park. The park is also home to a number of shelters suitable for picnics, reunions, weddings and other community gatherings. Almost all of the park s major facilities are used during Yankton s annual Riverboat Days celebration, which draws approximately 100,000 people to the park every year. The park is just a beautiful place for community gatherings with the Missouri River and Meridian and Discovery bridges hanging in the background, Larson said. Area school groups also frequent the park during the school year. In early spring, around April and May, schools attend the Missouri River Educational Festival, Larson said. It brings in about 350 to 500 students to learn about the Missouri River and the watershed. That s a combined effort from the National Park Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Game, Fish and Parks; and other conservation groups. Yankton Area Arts also hosts a kid s art festival around the beginning of June. That event coincides with the start of the Tuesday night community band concerts that run through August at the park. During July, the city often looks into hiring bigger music groups to perform regularly at the amphitheater, Larson said. One of the most recent additions to Riverside Park is the boundless playground, which was installed earlier this year. The playground area is covered completely in artificial turf, with ramps for people with mobility issues. The design of the playground area makes it handicap assessable and earns it the boundless designation. The city of Yankton championed the effort, Larson said. We secured a land/water conservation grant for $40,000 and a grant from the Wellmark Foundation for $10,000. The total project cost $210,000, so the rest of the money was allocated from city funds. While the biggest change for Riverside Park was its conversion from a garbage dump to a recreation area, another major change was the redevelopment of roads that used to run through the park. There used to be roads where the bike paths are currently located, Larson said. People could drive in and park their car at the park, but there were issues with people driving in after the bars closed and continuing to party into the night. That s why Riverside Park is the only park in Yankton that closes from 1 5 a.m. to prevent people from having after parties there. While there are no current plans for additions to Riverside Park, there are a few things on the back of people s mind concerning the park s future. With the possible development of the Port Yankton project, the park hopes to see an increased possibility of becoming more visible to people stopping through Yankton and looking for a place to relax and unwind down by the river. There are also concerns about the future of the Meridian Bridge with the structure turning 100 years old in 2024 and the possibility of its demise. Talks of adding a second baseball field have also been whispered in the community for a while. The addition would lend itself to the baseball tournaments that Yankton hosts during the summer. No matter what the future holds, Riverside Park has been a solid foundation for many of Yankton s community activities since its establishment decades ago. Riverside Park has most definitely been a great location that has allowed Yankton to host many different community events, Larson said. With everything that goes on down in the park from baseball to Riverboat Days, it has had a positive economic impact on the community throughout its entire existence. Farming Technology Changes Like The Seasons BY LINDA WUEBBEN P&D Correspondent A griculture 100 years ago and even 50 years has made leaps and bounds in many fields, and that s not just in the fields of dirt across the horizon. Farming methods have advanced to such levels that men from 100 years ago would marvel and maybe even be in shock. Farms might have been 160 acres back in those days, and it took one man s family and maybe a hired hand to do all the very labor intensive, back-breaking work. There were cows to milk, by hand no less, possibly a few stock cows to pasture, fences to check, hogs to slop, chickens to feed and eggs to collect. Then the field work began, usually with a stout team of horses and hours of walking behind them, plowing, planting, cultivating the crop. Most of the crops that were harvested were needed to feed the farmer s livestock and the family lived off the milk, eggs, meat from the chicken, beef or pork raised on their farm. Only a small portion was sold in town. Families were more self-sufficient and lots of do-dads and gadgets were almost non-existent. In the 1930s, when finances was extremely tight and people needed money for groceries, gas for their Model As and even a toll which was needed to go from Nebraska into Yankton across the Meridian Bridge, a Hartington creamery offered $5 for the first milk can of cream on Tuesday morning. It became competitive for farmers, filling an important need for extra cash, so some even camped outside the creamery on Monday night with their cans so they could get the bonus bucks. Fun and excitement were created by imagination and necessity. I remember, as a small boy, running behind the binder my dad operated, pulled by horses, which cut the oats and barley crop for combining, said Cyril Lammers of Hartington. My brothers and I caught the grasshoppers which jumped out of the binder and pulled their heads off. it is planting as it crosses a field; herbicide or fertilizer application rate; and when the end of the field is near. Planters come with the ability to plant 36 rows at a time and a 48-row model is even available. It is possible to purchase a combine equipped to handle the recent production of 36-row heads. Combines also have GPS capabilities and, when harvesting, can create a map of the field to see where the yields were fair, good or great. It in turns helps the farmer when he plans next year s crops, alerting where more fertilizer is needed. Computer software allows the information to be updated to an iPad for current farming records. With all today s technological advances and increased power, the labor-intensive work has been almost eliminated and less time is spent in the fields farming. Years ago, farmers made as many as a half-dozen passes over the same field before harvest rolled around. Depending on the crop, there was plowing, sometimes a field needed to be dragged, planted, dragged again, a rotary hoe was used, and cultivating was needed twice, all before harvest. Now farmers implement no-till farming practices and planters are equipped to plant directPHOTO: DAKOTA TERRITORIAL MUSEUM ly into the ground without working up the soil. Many farming practices, ranging from putting up hay to dealing with cattle, have changed The planters are also equipped with fertilizer greatly through the years. application and insecticide boxes. Herbicides are then applied either by the farmer or by a commercial applicator to control weeds and No iPads or cell phones entertained them. ers needed bigger, faster tractors and other insecticides if bug infestations develop and Lammers father still farmed with horses equipment like planters and combines to cover then harvest is just around the corner. and a two-bottom plow in the late 1940s. But all the acres they worked. There was more As the crop grows, drones can cross a field about that time, tractors started driving across ground to cover and the equipment needed to and monitor where weed infestations are so many Cedar County fields. He still remembered match the chore. Lammers son has joined the they can be treated before the next planting feeding livestock in the winter months with family operation, and Lammers sits back and season, or even give a bird s eye view of the horses and a wagon load of hay until the early watches as tractors get bigger, operate with maturity of a crop during a growing season 1960s. If there was snow, they hooked up a more horsepower, and pull even larger pieces and also hydration needs in different areas of a bobsled to the team at feeding time. of equipment. field. The John Deere tractor company recently His father, Rudy, first owned a Ford F tractor Tractors not only have more power but are purchased a start-up business which produces and moved on to an International M and H, and also equipped with GPS capability. Translated, robotic machines that can be pulled across a Lammers remembers an Oliver or two. By this that means that, when a farmer drives into a field behind a tractor. The addition of camera time his brother went off to study diesel mefield plot, he can enter the coordinates into technology on these robots identifies weeds chanics at Norfolk Community College, green an on-board GPS computer system and go to or unwanted plants and hits them with very John Deere machines became the favorite at work. For instance, in a planter, it will show the Lammers farm. what rows on the planter are planting, what Farming and farms were growing. Farmspeed the tractor is going and how many seeds FARM | PAGE 13B HEATING & COOLING 1981 to 2017 From 2 sole operators to 30+ employees From a dirt floor garage to 10,000 sq. ft. building From a $300 used van to a fleet of 15+ vehicles Anything is possible if you stay focused on your dreams! 2401 Broadway, Yankton 605-665-9461 www.larrysheatingandcooling.com Any Day, Any Time
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