For the seniors

Ribbon cutting officially opens Riverview Pavilion in South Renovo

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS At top the ribbon is cut to open the new pavilion.


For The Express

SOUTH RENOVO — With nearly 100 people in attendance, the Citizen’s Hose Company of South Renovo along with STEP officials from Clinton County held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of their new pavilion in South Renovo.

The pavilion will be open to the public with an emphasis on those senior citizens from STEP Office of Aging that utilize the inside of the Citizen’s Hose Company daily.

The project was spearheaded by Citizen’s Hose Company President Kevin Tripp and made a large step toward coming into fruition with a $17,860 STEP grant that came via the Clinton County Commissioners. Tripp turned to over a dozen other entities for donations eventually accounting for just under $30,000 for the pavilion to become a reality.

The appropriately titled Riverview Pavilion could not describe the structure more accurately. Picnic tables sit underneath a lit roof with a perfect view of not only the Susquehanna River but the abundance of mountains looking both up and down river. There is power on site so those using the pavilion have that convenience if planning picnic style outings.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time” said Tripp, following Wednesday’s ceremony. “It was just a perfect spot for something like this… a large flat area with a great view of the river and it was simply an empty grass lot for as long as I can remember.

“I hope the people who come here daily as part of STEP really enjoy it. I think it offers them a great experience,” Tripp continued.

As with any project that is more of a luxury than necessity, all involved with the project spoke about the coordination that Tripp had to do for an extensive period of time, particularly when faced with set-backs. The theme throughout the ceremony was that every time an obstacle was encountered, someone from the area came forward and kept the project moving.

Tripp presented plaques of appreciation to Terry and Carmen Banfill as well as to South Renovo Mayor Robert Cozzi for their efforts.

As the guest speakers spoke moments before the ribbon cutting, it was the Construction Trades Class from Bucktail Area High School that garnered a lion’s share of praise.

“The Construction Trades class is such an asset to this community. I highly encourage everyone to send letters of support of the class to the Keystone Central School District. What they have done over recent years for the area has been phenomenal,” Tripp told the audience.

Commissioner Jeff Snyder reiterated the admiration of the Bucktail trades class.

“(Teacher) Bill Probst and his students are top notch. That class has proven to be so beneficial to this area whenever given the opportunity,” Snyder said.

Snyder also talked about what a great asset the Riverview Pavilion would be if the plans to unite the Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet ATV Trails becomes a reality. That planned ATV connector would unite the trails with Renovo/South Renovo serving as a hub, he said.

The Construction Trades students constructed eight picnic tables for the South Renovo pavilion. Citizen’s Hose Company of South Renovo donated lumber for six tables to be built, while Chapman Township donated two picnic table kits for the students to assemble.

Following songs by the Renovo Area Community Choir and an official raising of the flag, it was the senior citizens that not only showed appreciation, but those in attendance were reminded why the pavilion became a reality.

“STEP really helped to make this all possible. I love that we gave everyone a place to come and sit and enjoy the views, especially the senior citizens. They deserve it,” summed up Tripp.