Community volunteerism and citizen retention are two of Riverdale’s (pop. 208) strongest points. So it comes as no surprise that beneficial projects including renovations at the community ball field and construction of a new volunteer fire department building were identified, undertaken, and regularly maintained and used by Riverdale’s citizens and community groups. The ongoing commitment of Riverdale citizens to their community is especially apparent in the recent opening of the Riverdale Community Center.
After completion of a Community Attitude/Needs Assessment Survey, and a series of public hearings meetings, village leaders concluded that a new community center was a top priority of residents. Saddling residents with 100% of the project’s cost was too much of a hardship. Consequently, the village searched for outside funds and ultimately was awarded a $119,693 Community Development Block Grant by Governor Mike Johanns.
A 40×100 feet building was constructed to serve the needs of various community groups, clubs and organizations. Village leaders dedicated the Riverdale Community Center on December 8, 2002, which was broadcast on NTV. The facility provides a place where senior citizens can gather; and a location for anniversary and wedding celebrations, 4-H club activities, church and youth group gatherings, funeral dinners, community fund-raisers and functions, family reunions, community celebrations, and educational opportunities. During its first year of operation in 2002, the Riverdale Community Center did quite well with rentals. The prices are reasonable compared with rates charged by surrounding communities. The village has benefited from having a site designed to host a variety of events including the monthly Riverdale Rounders performance. Riverdale Rounders is a county western music group that performs for free the 2nd Thursday of each month.