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A Richland man honored during park dedication

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For decades Rodney Block and his family lived across the street from the old Roberdeau Park, but when Rodney developed pancreatic cancer last year and passed away only six months later.

 City leaders decided to stamp his name and legacy on the area permanently.  

"Everybody that knew him knew he was a great friend. You met him one time and you felt like you knew him forever," Richland's Senior Parks Manager Dave Bryant said.

Rodney's love of parks and the outdoors was only outdone by his family. His wife, children, and grandchildren were by his side when he fought cancer for the second time.  

"He had pancreatic cancer. We found out in September and he made it exactly 6 months," his wife Tami said.  

Rodney's life may have ended sooner than expected, but his memory was the plan for today's park dedication in his honor.  

"My daughter used to tell people, this was her Daddy's park and I'd go no...this isn't your Daddy's park... but now it really is his park."

 Park leaders tell us they've been wanting to rename the park for a long time, but waited until the name came with a rich story filled with community service.