Outdoor News

Come to the Eighth Annual Earth Day Event at Riverside Park
By Cheryl Killam 5-8-13

The eighth annual Earth Day event is happening on Saturday, May 11, 
from 10 am to 3 pm at Riverside Park, Sundeen Parkway, off Langford 
Road in Raymond. This event, coordinated by volunteers on the Riverside 
Park Committee, celebrates the earth, Raymond's community spirit and 
the joy of being outdoors by bringing the community together to listen 
to music, dance, play games, chow down on grilled food and have a good, old fashioned fun time at the park, with its new playground built on a  reclaimed excavation pit.

The park has been improved each year, but 2012 saw the most work 
completed. Electricity was wired by Greg Bemis of Bemis Construction. 
The Memorial Gardens were weeded, redesigned and planted by Lisa 
Hutchinson of Dirt Designs, complete with both annual and perennial 
plants and shrubs donated by citizens. The walking trails were cleared 
and opened for safer public use by Eagle Scout Ryan Zahler, and last 
fall, playground equipment was donated by the Raymond Coalition for 
Youth with a grant from Lowe's, and with grading, materials and 
installation labor provided by Aggregate Industries employees and Dirt 

The Earth Day event is free to attend, however there will be raffle 
tickets for sale for a chance to win items donated by the various 
booths set up around the field. Food and drinks will be available for 
sale as well. Children will be able to enjoy a wide variety of crafts, 
get their faces painted and learn about composting and recycling, while 
dog owners can tour a mobile dog spa and visit with some of the Raymond  Farmers Market participants. Area businesses will display their products, some for sale and some free, while local clubs and non-profit  organizations will be sharing their messages.

Bring your chairs, children and family to the park for the day to enjoy 
the  outdoors and join in the fun and games for everyone.

The Riverside Park Committee continues to raise funds to pay for park 
projects. The goal is to install a water system for watering the 
Memorial Gardens and for people’s dogs when they come to the park to 
walk the trails or play at the Riverside Park Dog Park.

If the weather should turn inclement, the Earth Day festivities will be 
moved to the Iber Holmes Gove Middle School downtown.

In the interest of full disclosure, Cheryl Killam is a member of the 
Riverside Park Committee.

Ribbon Cutting of new Community Playground - Raymond
Join us Wednesday - November 21 at 11 am at Riverside park, Sundeen Parkway, Raymond NH for the Ribbon Cutting of our new Community Playground located at Riverside Park sponsored by The Raymond Coalition for Youth, Our partners, funders, Volunteers and Community members – including youth! This is an exciting project that is being brought to our community to celebrate families and the importance of having a fun safe place to go and enjoy the outdoors and time together.

Riverside Park continues to look better and better  

We have some requests out for donations of loam to build the outer edge flower beds in the Memorial Garden, and we are waiting to hear back.  We received some donated plants from Cashmere Gardens, but removed them until we can bring in loam, because one of them already went missing because they were left above ground.  We encourage everyone who visits the Park to contact us, if they see something that needs repair (i.e. a tree fallen across the trail that you cannot remove yourself), or the Raymond Police Department if it is something suspicious, or damage that you think has intentionally been done.   Riverside Park belongs to all of us.

We have many volunteers that work to help make Riverside Park a great place.  From trimming the trails on their daily walks, to bringing in new chairs down at the dog park when they saw that the old ones were destroyed.  We have wonderful volunteers that work to make the festivals fun for everyone, and trying hard to raise money to bring in water, and improvements for everyone's benefit.  These quiet people are heroes of Riverside Park.

 The Riverside Park Garden Club is about to begin, and anyone interested in joining can reply to this email. Riverside_Park@comcast.net

RCFY has received funds for playground equipment and once again Aggregate Industries is stepping up to help install.  If there are any volunteers that are willing to help put the playground together, please let us know...we would love to have your help.

We also want to remind everyone, that although well behaved pets are always welcomed throughout Riverside Park, that we have a wonderful fenced in dog park near the end of the Neal Welch Memorial trail.  It is a wonderful place to bring your dog, let them run free and meet some friends.  

Riverside Park is a carry in, carry out park.  We do have a trash can that people can use, especially for those who are picking up after their pets, but it is limited for those things that you just cannot take into your car.  A few visitors have not been great at picking up after their dogs, but hopefully, with the new work being done, and more visitors coming to the Park, we can all be more diligent about taking care of our own. 

We have a couple of fundraisers to help raise some funds to bring a well and septic system into Riverside Park. 

One is a flower fundraiser, and we hope that if you need to purchase some Spring flower bulbs for your home, that you would consider purchasing them through our Flower Power fundraiser, and 50% of the profit will go directly to Riverside Park.   You can follow this flower-power-fundraising link to get to the catalog.  Please share it with your friends and families to help us make this Park a better place for everyone.  Remember that Riverside Park is public park that you can bring your family, friends, and furry friends to, to have some great outdoor fun.

We are having a "Music for Water Fest" on the afternoon of Saturday September 22nd.  Please come down with your friends and families to support Riverside Park.  There will be great music, food and raffles!  More details will follow at a later date.  We have a rain location of RHS.

Thank you for supporting Riverside Park in Raymond NH!!! - Riverside Park Committee

 Aggregate Industries employees clean up Memorial Gardens and  Riverside Park in Raymond
by Cheryl Killam 8-30-12

It’s the 100 year anniversary of the Aggregate Industries parent company, Holcin, located in Holderbank, Switzerland.  “With eighty thousand employees world wide, in recognition of their anniversary, the company requires the employees get involved in community service projects”, said Eric Muller, the General Manager of Aggregate.      

For Raymond, it meant the Memorial Gardens and entire Riverside Park trail system got restored just weeks before the Musicfest on September 22nd. The Riverside Park committee is holding the Musicfest as a fund raiser, to have a well drilled on the town property, so the Memorial Gardens can be watered and dogs have water to drink.

Due to the organizing efforts of Lisa Hutchinson, co-owner of Dirt Shapes and Designs with her husband, Michael Hutchinson, approximately 15 Aggregate Industries employees were on site by 9 am both Wednesday and Thursday working on at least five different  project areas simultaneously. They stayed all day weeding, digging, grading, weed wacking, raking, clearing, and piling cut trees and brush.   

Aggregate Industries Supervisor Danny Ford drove the loader, working with Jamie Archie to downsize the Hank Turcotte Horseshoe Center by pulling up 14 of the pits on the bottom tier. The Hank Turcotte Horseshoe Center sign will be relocated to the other side of the 10 remaining pits in the top tier. 


The dug up pit area was graded for the new playground equipment that has been purchased by Raymond Coalition for Youth (RCFY) with the $5,000 Charitable and Educational Foundation Award they received from Lowe's in June.

 RCFY purchased a double bay swing set that will have two regular swings and two toddler swings, a slide, a ladder or as most of us know them, monkey bars and a geodome to climb on. The new site has more than enough room for additional playground equipment the future.  

The Memorial Gardens were weeded, trimmed and raked up by Richard Fogg,  Jenn Benton, Christina Prew from Manchester and Kellie O’Halloran from Saugus, Mass.   


Even the managers, Rick Labontee, NH Area Operations Manager, and Ted Knight, General Manager of Concrete from Saugus, Mass., got into the dirt pulling weeds.

Chuck Perkins piled up cut trees, branches and brush that were cleared out between the new playground area and the bottom field that is used for a variety of events, including Earth Day and Raymond Theatre in the Park.

Kathy Lee raked chopped down brush on the path from the gardens down to the field in preparation for grading to make the trail safer.  The tree and branch piles were fed through the chipper and spread out in the tree stand, while the invasive Japanese Knot-Weed was hauled off the property.

Dave Murphy manned the backhoe, clearing the ingrown brush that was choking out the entrance to the Neal Welch trail.  Murphy graded and spread gravel over the first 300 feet to help prevent erosion at the trail head.

   Most of the guys who worked on this project knew and worked with Neal Welch, who drove a truck for Aggregate for many years, so this project was very special to each of them. The Neal Welch trail winds through the woods to the fenced in dog park down beside the Lamprey River.

  Both days had a regular stream of visitors bringing their dogs to walk around the trails and everyone had very positive reasons for visiting Riverside Park.

  Jessica Dickerson and Peter Macone from Manchester said they come to the park a few times each week during the summer with their 3 dogs, 2 English Setters and a Jack Russell, "because there is lots of space for them to run and the river to swim in". 

Mark comes every day with his maltese-poodle Griffin and sat watching the work being done at the park, happy to see it being cleaned up.  

Keith Roberts has been coming to the park for more than 5 years with his dogs Lucy and Hero. He said there are regular visitors from Portsmouth, Derry and Kingston, "because their dog park is just too small".

This became a project of special interest for Lisa Hutchinson ever since she selected an area in the Memorial Gardens as her “Dad’s Garden”, planting Montauk Daisies and Hydrangeas in his memory.


In addition to all the volunteer labor from Aggregate Industries and Pecola Trucking, Cashmere Gardens donated a few Vanilla Spice Summer Sweet shrubs for the garden area.

The reclamation of the excavated gravel pit began back in 2003 restored the area into what is now called Riverside Park. It has been a phenomenal process over the years and would make Hank Turcotte proud and happy to know his dream is being kept alive.

A huge thank you from the Riverside Park Committee to the businesses and all the volunteers for their time, labor and donated materials.

To get to Riverside Park, turn onto Langford Road off of route 27 across from the Pines Restaurant, take the next left onto Sundeen Parkway and drive all the way to the end to the parking area.



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