In response to a short-staffing situation announced yesterday that would have prevented the operation of rides and miniature golf at Riverside Park over the holiday weekend, members of the Independence community stepped up to volunteer their efforts to assist.
According to City Manager Kelly Passauer, several citizens expressed willingness to participate in the necessary safety training to assist with ride operations. Therefore, volunteers have been secured to operate the carousel and man the miniature golf station this weekend. Additionally, one of the City’s regular seasonal workers is now available to operate the train, to bring the park rides up to full steam Saturday through Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“Many thanks to our citizens for always stepping up in times of crisis large and small,” Passauer said. “It takes our whole village to maintain the unique quality of amenities we enjoy in Independence, and we greatly appreciate the strong spirit of volunteerism at work here.”
Ralph Mitchell Zoo and Miss Able’s Snack Shack also will operate according to normal hours over the weekend. The zoo will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the concessions stand will serve from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.