Phase 2:
Riverside Tower Playground
Riverside Park


PHASE 2: Riverside Tower Playground - COMPLETE!

Total Project Cost: $140,000


The beloved 25 year old wooden castle that provided countless hours of enjoyment for park attendees over the years has naturally deteriorated and has now been taken down. However, in its place, we’re raising the bar for heightened play experiences…literally! Vinton’s new destination playground will feature a two multi-decked tower complete with slides, climbers, bridges, swings and all sorts of other interactive and thrilling components. Kids know PLAY best so we were excited to consider their creative ideas when putting this playground together. Our 'Build-A-Playground' videos challenged Tilford Elementary students to first let us know what they most wanted to see on their new playground (November 2017) and then vote on one of several play areas that incorporated these ideas (April 2018). The overwhelming results from this vote was a 'Ninja Warrior Zone' that will utilize all sorts of climbers, gliders, and monkeybar components. We're thrilled to be able to bring their ideas to life in this new playground area and we hope that this will be engaging for all users for many years to come. In two-to-three years, our plan is to utilize additional donated funds, Local Option Sales Tax dollars and proceeds from Cans for Kids to expand upon this playground to the north!


July 2018 - New Riverside Park Playground Announced!

December 2017 - Tilford Kids Speak on Playground Ideas!



  • The playground will have kid-safe rubber mulch surfacing

  • The playground will be built by VPRD staff and community members at TBA dates in August. We'll be asking the community for assistance in making this play area come to life!

  • $15,000 of the total project cost is not included in the fundraised total. These funds come from the City of Vinton and enabled us to upgrade to rubber mulch from wood fiber mulch.

  • ‘Phase 2: Riverside Tower Playground’ includes a budget for site prep, playground structures, shipping, supervised community-build installation and rubber mulch chip surfacing.

  • Installation will be completed through a cooperative “Community Build Day” with a playground vendor representative, local volunteers and park staff. These dates are TBA but are anticipated to be sometime in August!


*These photos show renderings of what the completed project will look like. The rubber mulch will be cocoa brown in color.



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