Trick-or-treating tips for a blustery (and chilly) Halloween in Riverdale.

Trick-or-treating tips for a blustery (and chilly) Halloween in Riverdale.

It looks like a chilly night for trick-or-treating – so if your kids are going out, be sure they’re bundled up. And if some chilly, little spooks come to your house, please make sure they’re out of the wind while they’re digging through your candy bowl.

Council Member posted this handy little graphic to the Riverdale Residents’ page on Facebook today and we thought we’d share (for those without a Facebook account, especially).

We also want to share a few cold-weather tips for kids (and adults) hitting the streets of Riverdale between 5 and 7pm tonight:

1.  Add a layer. Kids (especially the young ones) don’t tolerate the cold as well as adults. And since most Halloween costumes are built for cold-weather situation (unless you’re dressed as a Tauntaun), it’s good to make sure everyone has an extra layer (or two) under the costume.

2.  Make sure you’ve got traction. It’s snow boots rather than tennis shoes tonight.

3. And while you’re at it, gloves or mittens and a hat may be required as temperatures drop. Kids can always pull off the stocking cap and put on the mask for pictures (and remember, we want photos).

4.  Keep things bright. Don’t forget to make sure everyone in your Halloween party can be seen when things get dark. Sunset is at 5:58 tonight, so at least one hour of trick-or-treating will be happening as the sun comes down and night falls.

5.  Limit your time outside. Remember, little bodies get cold faster – so you would best be served by breaking your trick-or-treating into a series of smaller expeditions rather than one marathon.

6. De-ice your driveway, sidewalk and front step. Be a good neighbor (and don’t play a trick on the kiddos) by making sure you’ve reduced the slippy-slidy ice and snow from the approach to your home. After all, the little goblins will be thinking about candy and treats and not the ice and snow that lies in their way. (Check out this post on the best ways to remove snow and save your back in the process.)

7. If a trick-or-treater is a funny color, make sure it’s their costume. If you notice a child’s skin turning red, get them inside and warm them up.

Let’s keep an eye out for the littlest ones to make sure they have a fun and safe experience this Halloween.

And, seriously, if you can, please share pictures of your favorite tricksters when they come to your door tonight. You can post them to the Riverdale Resident’s Facebook Page or share them with us here by using this form.

Purple Bull 5k was a run-away hit!

Purple Bull 5k was a run-away hit!

A great time was had by all at this year’s Pete the Purple Bull 5k and Fun Run – held in Riverdale. This is the second year in a row the event has been held in our city and, this time, the City of Riverdale provided a free pancake breakfast in the Community Room at City Hall and the Riverdale Fire Department displayed the  US Flag and gave kids a chance to check out the fire trucks.

Thanks to City Council Member Kelly Krell, incoming Council Member Kevin Adams and Caroline Bawden for cooking food. Thanks also to Chris Bernard, Adrian Castillo and other members of the RVFD who helped hoist the flag, roll out the trucks and keep a particularly attentive turkey away from the festivities.

Special thanks also go out to the HABLO (an employee resource group at Arconic) and to MY PLACE in Riverdale for being sponsors of the event which helps QC United raise money to deal with bullying in our schools.

Check out all the great pictures (provided by HABLO, Kelly Krell and Kevin Adams)!

Don’t forget … the bulls will be running on Saturday morning!

Don’t forget … the bulls will be running on Saturday morning!

Just a quick reminder … the Pete the Purple Bull 5K Run and Kids’ Fun Run will be taking place in Riverdale tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 11:00 am. If you are driving through Riverdale, please be on the look out for guests who may not be aware of the traffic around them.

The race route will begin and end at City Hall and runners will be running on the MRT to the college drive, up the drive to Belmont Road, then turn around and return the same way.

Pancakes, sausages and other food will be available at 8:30 in the Community Room following race registration (which runs from 7:30 to 8:30am).

We look forward to seeing you there!

City Parks Planning Project

City Parks Planning Project

Kelly Krell, City Council Member

The City’s consulting engineer, MSA Professional Services, provided a draft of a parks planning proposal for City Council consideration. The initial draft had been reviewed with Council Member Kely Krell (who has helped drive the City’s parks and recreation projects for the past 18 month or so).

The current draft is under consideration by the Council who will discuss it in more detail at their 10/22 meeting. The cost for the consulting services is $12,600.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

The proposal from MSA consists of three parts:

PART 1: Project kickoff and analysis of existing conditions; work will include development of maps of the existing parks and recreational facilities in the City of Riverdale; development of a map of the existing park service areas and the creation of a map showing existing trail and pedestrian systems.

PART II: Community engagement; work will include both face-to-face and online engagement of members of the community to gain their input and insights into what should be done with Riverdale’s natural assets.

PART III: Needs Assessment and Plan Development. 

Budget:

Consulting Services Budget = $12,600

Project Bid Date:

October 22, 2019

Project Start Date:

TBD

Project Completion Date:

TBD

 

 

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Fall Fest washed out by the weather.

Fall Fest washed out by the weather.

Fall Fest was cancelled Saturday afternoon (October 5) due to in climate weather – but not before we were able to take a few sad shots after everyone had gone home and site clean-up was underway.

Special thanks to City Council Member, Kelly Krell, for all the hard work she put into lining up vendors, recruiting student helpers, setting up and tearing down (in the rain).

We’ve also added some pictures Kelly took before the rain hit.

Who’s on to help with Fall Fest 2020? Let us know if you can help.

(Updated) Be sure to come to Riverdale Fall Fest on October 5th!

(Updated) Be sure to come to Riverdale Fall Fest on October 5th!

Plans continue to develop for this year’s Riverdale Fall Fest at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, October 5 (2-4pm). If you’re interested in lending a hand in this new, city tradition, you can let us know by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page and sending us a message through the website.

Be sure to save the date on your calendar and make  your plans to attend and enjoy:

  • Food from the Hy-Vee Grill (burgers, dogs, chips and drinks)
  • Ice treats from Kona Ice
  • A bounce house obstacle course
  • Pumpkin decorating
  • Magic by RJ Regul
  • Live music from QC Vinyl

All of this is free to residents of Riverdale and their families.

Don’t forget, for future updates on plans, activities and events, you can check back here (on the City’s website) or on the Riverdale Residents Facebook Page.

Riverdale seeks qualified consultants to conduct a vegetation study in 2020

Riverdale seeks qualified consultants to conduct a vegetation study in 2020

(Update 09/24/19) – The City of Riverdale has issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) from a qualified arborist or vegetation consultant to conduct a study of invasive species in the City’s parks and wild spaces during calendar year 2020.

The City Council approved RESOLUTION 2019-37, which authorized the publication and distribution of the RFP to qualified vendors/consultants. The budget for the project was set at $10,000. Earlier this year, the City set aside up to $20,000 to study the invasive species problem in Riverdale and deal with it accordingly.

A copy of the RFP can be found here. The study is expected to be conducted in the areas indicated as “Active Parks” and “Vacant” areas on the map.

(NOTE: This map of the City of Riverdale with areas of particular interest can be downloaded here.)

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

The City of Riverdale seeks the services of an arborist or certified professional to identify which plants exist in which public (or City-owned) areas of the City. A comprehensive herbaceous and woody plant survey is expected. Sampling conducted for the survey should occur in all four seasons throughout the calendar year 2020. A complete copy of this RFP can be viewed by clicking here.

Budget:

$ 10,000 (estimated)

Project Bid Date:

Proposals due: November 30, 2019 (see RFP for a more detailed schedule)
Selection made: December 10, 2019

Project Start Date:

Work begins: January 1, 2020
Study completed: December 31, 2020

Project Completion Date:

Report to City Council due: January 31, 2021

 

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Riverdale needs your help eliminating honeysuckle on October 19.

Riverdale needs your help eliminating honeysuckle on October 19.

Join Council Member, Kelly Krell, as she and a host of Riverdale volunteers work Saturday morning (October 19) to eliminate patches of invasive honeysuckle from Riverdale’s parks and wild places.

Meet at Riverdale City Hall at 10am on Saturday, October 19 to form teams and pick up gear.

More information on this event will be added to this post as it becomes available.

New Project: City Council initiates Haven’s Acres/MRT Barrier Fence Project

New Project: City Council initiates Haven’s Acres/MRT Barrier Fence Project

(Update 09/10/19) – At its September 10th meeting, the Riverdale City Council asked MSA Professional Services to survey the land where the MRT runs adjacent to the Havens Acres neighborhood so a barrier fence project can be discussed with residents. The resolution (#2019-28) authorizes MSA to conduct a survey of the area, document the boundaries of the land parcels involved, identify the owners and participate in two community meetings to discuss the costs and other considerations around building a barrier fence between the MRT and homes along the path.

The consideration of constructing some kind of barrier between the MRT and the residents who live along it is just part of a larger initiative undertaken by the City to address the chronic problems identified by citizens who live along Kensington Street and Wisteria Drive in the Havens Acres neighborhoods. For years, residents have been complaining about vehicular traffic on the bike path and both cars and bikes cutting through yards to get from the MRT onto the neighborhood’s streets.

Other aspects of the initiative include additional signage, security cameras, working with the City of Bettendorf to create a diversion for Duck Creek Bike Path traffic and including a bike lane in the road resurfacing/rehabilitation project currently in process for Kensington Street.  Those projects will be handled individually over time in an attempt to adequately manage the bike and foot traffic in the neighborhood resulting from its proximity to both the Duck Creek and Mississippi River Bike Trails.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

MSA Professional Services will provide property corner locations along the shared boundary line between private land owners and the Mississippi River Trail (north side of the trail only) in a manner selected by the City of Riverdale. Where there is an obstacle to placing a property corner pin, MSA will provide tie points.

MSA will present that information to the City Council so the City can organize residential/committee input to solicit opinions on fence type, final location and amenities. MSA will participate in up to 2 meetings to provide information and counsel.

Once the City has determined the final project location and fence type, MSA will prepare documents and advertising to solicit competitive bids.

The complete proposal can be found here.

Budget:

$13,700

Project Bid Date:

TBD

Project Start Date:

TBD

Project Completion Date:

TBD

 

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Should Riverdale have a parks and trails advisory committee?

Should Riverdale have a parks and trails advisory committee?

At a recent Town Hall meeting, it was suggested that the City form a volunteer advisory committee to help shape the future of parks and recreational facilities in Riverdale. There are a variety of issues currently on the table involving parks and Council Member Kelly Krell is hard at work trying to help manage progress on each one – but she could use a hand.

Those issues include:

  • Identifying and replacing old playground equipment in Bicentennial Park
  • New landscaping for Volunteer Square
  • Evaluating the foliage and landscaping in all of the city’s parks
  • Discussing opportunities to better utilize the MRT which runs the length of the city
  • Addressing concerns of Havens Acres residents with regard to the MRT and reducing bike traffic through the neighborhood
  • Development of a comprehensive parks plan for the City of Riverdale
  • Dealing with invasive species threatening the city’s parks and wild places

If you’re interested in helping with the City’s parks, please click on the button below and send us a message.

Thanks.