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Posted on September 21, 2018 at 9:25 AM by Kristy Bansemer
“Rivers know this; there is no hurry, we shall get there some day.” After reading this line by noted English author A. A. Milne, my first thought was he has never been on a tight construction schedule, never managed public funds and never dealt with Kansas weather! As we come to the end of construction and with the October 20 opening of Warren Riverview Park just around the corner, we can’t help but feel excited to share this wonderful place with all of Derby.
Warren Riverview Park provides a whole new view in Derby. The Arkansas River, once hidden by fences and construction equipment, is now open and inviting. The park is a gateway to activities and adventures. As you enter the park, the beautiful green lawn begs for someone to throw a frisbee. The climbing tower awaits those who crave adventure or want a bird’s eye view of the area. From the top of the tower you get a whole new perspective (I did!). The rocks and ropes course allows younger adventurers to circle the playground without touching the ground using rocks, toad stools and stumps to traverse the area.
If the river is your destination, you are in for a treat. Follow the winding ADA accessible pathway to the kayak launch ramp or use a crushed granite path for quick access. If you prefer a leisurely walk and a place to sit, you can choose a beautiful bench, terraced seating or open green spaces. Come find a place to steal a moment to yourself. You can even sit at the river’s edge and hang your feet in.
The open shelter with picnic tables and BBQ grills is hand-made and reminiscent of an old barn structure of the past. Surely you can work a riverside picnic into your schedule.
To complete this tour, you will walk over a compass rose inspired by Boy Scout heritage on your way to a hand-carved totem pole. This unique work of art was carved by Derby resident Danny Ray Warren to honor his parents, Ray and Virginia Warren, and includes hints to their family’s storied connection to the river.
Experience the breathtaking down-river view from the Lodge, which was designed using a national parks theme with large beams, stonework and a large fireplace. As you stand above the river looking southwest, you get a sense of the beginnings of our great community. You can watch the eagles in the distance as they come home to nest as well as wildlife moving near the river.
Warren Riverview Park is something special, something unique and something wonderful. Mr. Milne said “we would get there someday.” Hope to see you at the park on October 20. Come to the river and get your feet wet.
Director of Public Works
Published in the Derby Informer on Sept. 19, 2018.