GPS Address: 2600 Parkside Drive, Janesville, WI 53546 | Click for directions

Chris Rabuck Memorial Bench
Chris Rabuck Memorial Bench

The Friends of Riverside Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 2006 to revitalize and promote Janesville’s historic and scenic Riverside Park. In the past decade, the Friends of Riverside Park has donated over 10,227 hours and $65,000 and counting, toward park improvements.

Mission Statement

To revitalize, preserve and promote Janesville’s historic Riverside Park.

2020 Board of Directors & Officers

2020 FORP Board of Directors (Not pictured: Judy Derosier)
  • Bill Truman, President
  • Tasha Calkins Laveen, Vice President
  • Sandy Hendricks, Treasurer
  • Judy Deroiser, Secretary
  • Art Boehning, Board Member
  • Dave Cress, Board Member
  • Jim Schmeling, Board Member

Goals

The Friends of Riverside Park’s goals are to revitalize the park through infrastructure improvements while preserving and promoting the historic value natural beauty; enabling it to once again be used to its full potential.

Ongoing, annual activities:

  • Maintain flower beds (ongoing annually)
  • Riverfront & Garlic Mustard clearing (ongoing annually)
  • Wildflower Walk (annually in May)
  • Host a music festival with the Lions Club Chicken Roast and family fun activities (annually in August)
Artesian well
Artesian well. Photo by Mary Frei.

Goals for 2020:

  • Install handicap-accessible railing on our pier
  • Landscaping Lilac Circle, The Cottage & Chris Rabuck swing
  • North Pavilion ceiling overhang
  • Refinishing walls of artesian well

Accomplishments

  • Concession Stand driveway/sidewalk repairs (2019)
  • Window shutters (2019)
  • Installed new GaGa Ball Pit (2019)
  • Repairing Shuffleboard courts (in progress)
  • Whale moved and repainted (2018)
  • Wading Pool became the Kids Zone Sand play area (2018)
  • Electrical Upgrades – North & South Pavilion (2018)
  • Planting and maintenance of many new plants to flower beds (2018)
  • Repair of three shuffleboard areas (2018)
  • Former wading pool transformed into a Kids Sand Play Zone (2018)
  • Water access for Lilac Circle flowers and shrubs (2018)
  • Opened concession stand (2017)
  • Restored scenic overlook and lilac circle
  • Repainted all six shuffleboard courts (2016)
  • New play equipment and new adult/child expression swings (2016)
  • Shuffleboard scoreboards replaced (2016)
  • New splash pad (2015)
  • Installed pier (North Pavilion) for watercraft recreation access (2014)
  • Reopened the upper road
  • Reopened the wading pool
  • Reopened North Restroom
  • Helped restore Devil’s Staircase
  • Removed invasive plants and trees (Devil’s staircase, north end area) (2012)
  • Upgraded the electrical at the pavilions (2012)
  • Refurbished shuffleboard benches (2012)
  • Tennis Court Restoration (2011)
  • Horseshoe Pits (2010)
  • New Roof on the North Pavilion (2010)

Become a Friend of Riverside Park

Volunteers Needed

We have many different volunteer opportunities to match your skill and interest. These areas include landscaping, research, membership, and fundraising. Need a place for your group to volunteer? We schedule work days throughout the year.

Become a volunteer today!