Riverside was one of the first planned communities and is a National Historic Landmark. Settled in 1836, the Riverside Improvement Company was incorporated in 1869 and given the task of developing the village. Frederick Law Olmstead was selected as the architect to lead the project, and he shaped the community of Riverside that is known today. Riverside has many local tours and attractions. Village historical tours include the Olmstead Society of Riverside, the online Historic Landmark Tour and the history of Riverside can also be enjoyed at the Riverside Museum. Riverside schools are in School District 96 and include four elementary schools and one middle school. High school students attend Riverside Brookfield High School in School District 208, which has been recognized nationally for its educational achievements. The Parks and Recreation Department in Riverside offers over 200 programs aimed at both children and adults. There are 8 parks in Riverside that offer softball fields, baseball fields, and playgrounds.
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