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.


New London NEIGHBOR DAY 2017


On Sunday, May 21, we invite you to join us as for this year's Neighbor Day Celebration!

Neighbor Day is New London’s official city holiday, enacted by ordinance in 2012.

Celebrated each May on the Sunday before Memorial Day, Neighbor Day is centered on the theme of “Love Thy Neighbor” and promotes peace and nonviolence.

Originating in Westerly, RI in 1993, following a fatal teen stabbing in that community, New London’s Neighbor Day celebrations began in 2011 in rememberence of Matthew Chew, who was fatally stabbed here in 2010.

This year’s event will be a low-key community cookout hosted by former New London Mayor Daryl Finizio. Come use the basketball court and Emilie’s Shady Spot playscape; pizza will be provided, the park’s grills will be fired up, and attendees are encouraged to bring something to share.

Free & open to the public. All are welcome! More information is available on the Facebook event page.

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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!