“Everyone has a Riverside Story”
Riverside Park’s 100 Years as the Playground of the Connecticut Valley
This image of the Riverside Park midway from the early decades of the 20th century is part of local historian David Cecchi’s “Riverside Park: 100 years as Playground of the Connecticut Valley.”
From its earliest days as a picnic grove to its evolution into a major amusement park, Riverside Park was synonymous with summer for generations of New Englanders. The property continues to attract thrill-seekers as Six Flags New England. Local historian David Cecchi will trace the fascinating history of Riverside Park from the 1850s to the present as the Agawam Cultural Council continues the thirteenth season of its popular Applause Series at the Agawam Public Library on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM. This event is sponsored by Stellato Bros. Landscape Contractors.
Situated on the banks of the Connecticut River, Riverside was a destination for area residents for more than a century. Thousands swam in “Lake Takadip;” danced and romanced at Cook’s Dancing Pavilion; raced at the Speedway on Saturday nights; skated at “The Rollaway;” and thrilled to roller coasters and countless other attractions.
Cecchi is the author of Arcadia Publishing’s Image of America title Riverside Park. He will share images and stories from the past hundred years to illustrate the growth of Riverside Park from popular 19th century picnic spot to New England’s largest amusement park.
The Agawam Public Library is located at 750 Cooper Street in Agawam, Massachusetts and can be reached by phone at (413) 789-1550. This and all Applause Series events are free and open to the public.
Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site, www.agawamcc.org.
The Agawam Cultural Council is an all-volunteer local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and is funded, in part, by the MCC. The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining, and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.