Riverside volunteers work to improve resident's view of Des Plaines River
RIVERSIDE – On a typical warm day, you can find a handful of people enjoying the public space behind Village Hall and the library along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Joggers wind their way along the public footpaths, fisherman cast their lines into the slow current and bird watchers spy on Canadian Geese.
Recently, chainsaw-wielding volunteers can be seen, too. They’ve been slicing into tree after tree along the north bank of the river in an effort to restore the area to its former glory.
The effort has been led by Jerry Buttimer, a Riverside resident, who said that the trees and plants his group removes are weeds that have been allowed to ruin one of the best views in town.
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