Welcome to the Riverside Park Conservancy


Riverside Park is a lovely 18-acre wooded open space that rises from the Thames River to the Northeast New London neighborhood and the new Winthrop Elementary STEM Magnet School. Created in 1893, the park was a popular recreation spot - for games, picnicking, swimming and viewing the annual Yale-Harvard Regatta - for generations of New Londoners, until it became isolated due to the construction of I-95 and urban renewal. It remains a hidden gem whose unique landscape and sweeping views offer peaceful respite from the stresses of everyday life. Directions to the park.


Upcoming Work Days at the Park


Help us take care of Riverside Park! Thanks to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the Baker-Costa-Millette Fund, Riverside Park Conservancy has received a generous grant to restore the native habitat to some areas of the park that are now overrun with invasive plants.

This summer we will hold monthly work days to clear invasives and prepare for our planting projects. The clean-ups are scheduled for June 17, July 16 and August 12, rain or shine. A picnic in the amphitheater will follow each work session.

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Down By The Riverside Festival 2017


This year's Down by the Riverside Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 16. Join us for a full day of live music, children's activities, plein air painting, plus a community picnic in the amphitheater. All activities are free and open to the public!

In the meantime, here are some photos from our 2016 festival!