Riverside entrance south off Highway 275 to Wylie Dr.
Neligh, NE 68756
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Site InformationAffiliated as an "Accredited Arboretum" site in 2014
Riverside Park was originally a fairground. It has been the site of July 4th celebrations, Chautauqua, Antelope County fair events, horse and car race tracks and recreational facilities. The original grandstand, built in 1910 and seating more than a thousand, is still maintained. Cowboy Trail runs parallel to Riverside Park. "Commanders Row," a row of Colorado green spruce planted with one tree for each commander of American Legion Post 172. The "Parade of Oaks" includes white, chestnut, sawtooth, shingle, chinkapin, swamp white, scarlet, heritage, bur and Regal Prince oak. Other trees include Kentucky coffeetree, ginkgo, linden, baldcypress, pine, birch, elm, redbud, chestnut, willow, maple, yellowwood, fir, buckeye, spruce, etc. Recreational opportunities include shaded campsites with electrical hookups and water hydrants, swimming facilities, soccer, softball, tennis and basketball courts, etc.
Fred Penn Park has a fishing lake with catfish and bluegill and it runs along the the Elkhorn River, also with fishing access. A Boy Scout building and volleyball courts and primitive camping is free to users.