RIVER EDGE — The Town of Riverside and the Riverside Beautification Organization have both received grants to help with Riverside Community Day.
Mayor Rusty Jessup announced at the Riverside City Council meeting Monday that City Clerk Candace Smith had secured a $3,900 grant from the Alabama Department of Tourism.
“These are tourism subsidies,” he said. “We asked for one and got it and we’re going to use it for our community day next fall.”
Jessup said the grants are intended to improve tourism opportunities in municipalities and he believes the grant will help bring more people to Riverside for Community Day. He said the city hopes to use the money to attract vendors or do door prizes for the event.
RBO President Julie Pounders said her organization normally hosts the event and also received a $3,900 grant. She said her idea was to use the funds to expand the day to also include other towns along Lake Logan Martin.
Pounders said she wanted to achieve this by further improving the native plan of Riverside and the bird sanctuary at Lotus Pond. She said she specifically hopes to get signage for any native plants near the pond, so attendees can better appreciate the sanctuary.
Pounders said she also wanted to bring experts to the event to help educate people about local plant and animal life.
“We are excited to expand the community day so other communities can learn to appreciate native plants,” she said.
Pounders said this year’s Community Day will be November 5.
Taylor Mitchell is a Daily Home reporter covering Pell City.