Acquired in 1949, Riverside Park was renamed in 1961 in memory of Arthur W. Ellis, a former Mayor, and Ben C. Porter, a former director of parks and recreation. Access to the park is from Grant Street off E. McCarty Street.
This 60-acre park is the site of the Optimist Sports Complex where most outdoor youth sports are played. A 9,500-sq. ft. swimming pool and an outdoor amphitheater are also located on the grounds. Furthermore a playground, basketball court, four lighted, three-wall handball/racquetball courts, and a large picnic pavilion is housed here.
The pavilion, which overlooks the Missouri River, has a capacity of 280 with two large bar-b-que grills, restrooms and serving kitchen adjacent to the pavilion. In addition, there are 13 covered picnic units placed throughout the park for family or small group gatherings. There is parking for 150 vehicles in the upper portion of the park.
The 70' X 84' laminated beam open air structure replaced a dilapidated wooden shelter built with used materials in the 1950's. The pavilion offers modern restrooms, kitchen facilities and two large barbeque grills.
The newly renovated shelter is ready for family reunions, picnics or company outings. For more information on rental rates and availability please call 634-6482.
The Optimist Sports Complex is the home of Evening Optimist, Cosmo and Kutscher youth baseball and softball fields. The initial phase and majority of the complex was built in 1985-1986 with upgrades to the parking lot and roadway in 1989. The final construction phase occurred in 1999 with the renovation to the concession and restroom facility .
The construction of the Optimist Sports Complex was made possible through a federal grant, capital improvement sale tax funds, and a generous donation from three local Optimist clubs. For information on availability and rates call 634-6482.
Bring the kids out to enjoy the new Ellis Porter / Riverside Park playground. The new playground has a steamboat and fort theme with something fun for kids of all ages and abilities. The new playstructures are fully accessible and designed to challenge children from ages 5 - 12, as well as, the first time learners ages 2 - 5. In addition to the playstrutures, the playground site contains swings sets, improved safety surfacing and tree plantings and landscaping. The playground is located at the top of the hill adjacent to the pavilion. Come out and enjoy this great feature at Ellis Porter / Riverside Park.