Why is Riverside Park called Riverside Lions Park?

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Newcomers to Northfield probably don’t wonder why there are no lions lounging along the river when visiting Northfield’s Riverside Lions Park.

But how did that word ‘Lions’ get in the name?

I’m assuming that the Northfield Cannon Valley Lions Club (Facebook page) did something generous to have their organization incorporated into the official name of the park.

But what was that the Lions Club did? When?  And might this option be available to other non-profit organizations?

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