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By Sean C. Morgan
The New Era 

Owner plans public park on vacant lot behind Rio Theater


November 1, 2017

Sean C. Morgan

THOMAS BAHAM stands in the new park he is building behind The Rio Theater

When Rio Theater owner Thomas Baham is finished with it, Long Street will have a private park area where the public is invited to stop, eat and hang out – one of two projects under way at the Rio.

The property is located to the southeast of the Rio Theater building next to the two Wells Fargo parking lots.

"We're putting in benches and chairs, picnic tables, trees for shade," Baham said. "That's going to be a little park. It's for eating and hanging out."

The area will be under surveillance to help prevent unwanted behavior, he said.

"It was ugly," Baham said of the property. "It's bee...

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