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 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.




Join us as we celebrate recent improvements in Hodges Square and hold an opening reception for the exhibit of plein air art from this year's Down by the Riverside festival. The exhibit will run from Sunday, November 6, through Saturday, December 3, at Rico Chow in Hodges Square. Hope to see you there!




After a two year hiatus due to COVID, the Down By the Riverside Festival is returning to New London on Saturday, September 17, from 1:00 to 3:30pm. Bring the whole family to enjoy watching plein air artists at work, listening to live music, touring the park and sharing ideas, and checking out the plant and animal life in Riverside's unique environment. Everything is free, and everyone is welcome!


2022 CLEAN-UPS at the PARK


As more Connecticut residents are vaccinated, we will be reinstating some of our outdoor events at Riverside Park this year. In order to help keep the park looking lovely, we have scheduled monthly clean-up and planting days. Please join us!