The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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July 4, 2014

Bandshell 'ties park together'

CLINTON — Surrounded by inflatable rides, free food and scores of people, there was one notable addition to this year's Fourth of July festivities in Riverview Park.

The Riverview Bandshell renovation was years in the making, said city recreation director Gregg Obren. It involved numerous organizations and countless hours of preparation. For Friday's event, thousands of spectators observed the bandshell for the first time, broken in by local band the Slough Buoys.

"The look of this bandshell is now making the park," Obren said. "This is the first big event that the new bandshell has. It takes a tired facility and made it new again. It's still the same facility, but after you add everything it's great."

Clinton hosted the bandshell's ribbon cutting Tuesday. Already it's hosted a Finally Fridays event along with other concerts. But this Friday's events really culminated into something special for Obren.

"When I see people enjoying the work that we've done, I think about working so you can play," Obren said.


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