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Vinton two years after the floods of 2008

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VINTON (KWWL)-- With the help of Americorp volunteers, Vinton's Parks and Recreation Department is giving the community something to be proud of. 

"Everybody keeps going by and seeing how far it is, how far we have developed it." said Duane Randall, Parks and Recreation Director.

Vinton's Parks and Recreation Department has turned most of the green space along the Cedar River into something useful for the community.

A new monument for veterans was built right after the flood and recently a community park pavilion has been put up.

 "It has beautiful seating on the Cedar River. People can just come on a first come, first served basis and have picnics. It will seat up to 75 to 100 people."

Randall says they built this pavilion with the chances of another flood in mind.

"We built this pavilion so that water can flow throughout it. Its got big door ways, big windows and that way the water can always flow through and wash it off and go back again. We will be ready to go."

Randall hopes these projects will shed new light on a tragic situation.

"By us being able to develop this space hopefully will help everybody get some satisfaction out of the flood to yet that we have built something positive and we hope people come back and use it."

The Vinton Parks and Recreation Department has also put up a new community youth garden.

Children have the opportunity to learn how to grow produce from start to finish.

All the funds for these projects have either come from private donations, grants, and the parks and recreation department.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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