Endless Mountains Heritage Region executive director Cain Chamberlin (above, left) and Towanda Borough manager Kyle Lane invite visitors and residents alike to experience Towanda from fresh vantages recently made possible from nine park benches strategically located in the midsection of Riverside Cemetery. The historic property is being enhanced for contemporary use while simultaneously increasing respect for those interred there.
There’s open fresh-air seating now in the Riverside Cemetery for comfort and exceptional viewing of the Susquehanna River, its river canyon walls, the Veterans Bridge and county courthouse, wildlife, and the flora and fauna in Towanda. Nine strategically located benches from which Riverside Cemetery Park visitors can view all of these things were made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, and Towanda Borough provided an equivalent amount of labor and materials to install them.
No longer considered an active burial location, the historic 5.5-acre property is being enhanced to permit further use for honoring the more than 2,000 people who are buried there. They include more than 160 veterans dating from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam conflict, and many of Bradford County’s notable founders and other residents.
This summer more than 300 grave markers are targeted for resetting and repairs. Also, nominations are being considered for special signage to create a Veterans Walkway throughout the scenic location. Selections are expected to be finalized by the end of fall and construction of the walkway is expected to start in 2021.
Parking for the day-use Riverside Cemetery & Park is along the 100 block of William Street, beginning at 122. Access is via five walkways. The main access point is through the middle driveway where the flagpole and property signage are located. There are no restrooms and no lighting on the property as it is currently intended for short-term visits.
To inquire about particular needs and to make donations to help develop the Riverside Cemetery Park project, please contact the Riverside Cemetery Association via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 570-637-2281.