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Friends of Riverside Park concession stand. Photo by Tasha Calkins Laveen.
Friends of Riverside Park concession stand. Photo by Tasha Calkins Laveen.

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.

During the summer months, we operate a concession stand (open Friday-Sunday) in the park’s northern section, as pictured above. Revenue from the concession stand goes directly to support our various projects and improvements throughout the park.

Mission Statement

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

2019 Board of Directors & Officers

  • Bill Truman, President
  • Tasha Calkins Laveen, Vice President
  • Sandy Hendricks, Treasurer
  • Judy Deroiser, Secretary
  • Art Boehning
  • Dave Cress
  • Jim Schmeling


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.

Some of our goals for 2019:

  • Building and opening new GaGa Ball Pit (May 2019)
  • Install Handicap railing on our pier
  • Landscaping Lilac Circle, The Cottage & Chris Rabuck swing
  • Concession Stand driveway/sidewalk repairs
  • Window shutters
  • North Pavilion ceiling overhang
  • Maintain flower beds
  • Concession Stand (opening TBD, May – September)


  • Held our 6th annual Music Fest with the Lions Club Chicken Dinner and Family Fun activities (2018)
  • Repairing Shuffleboard courts (in progress)
  • Whale moved and repainted (2018)
  • Wading Pool became the Kids Zone Sand play area (2018)
  • Riverfront & Garlic Mustard clearing (ongoing)
  • 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!