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.




As more Connecticut residents are getting vaccinated, Governor Lamont has announced plans to eliminate most of the state's COVID-19 restrictions for every sector by May 19, 2021, with the exception of mask requirements that will remain in effect. Riverside Park Conservancy has started to schedule park clean-ups, CT Trails Day hike, and this year's Down by the Riverside Festival. More information will be shared as available.

Of course, visitors to Riverside Park are always welcome to enjoy its natural beauty and views of the Thames River, while following continued guidelines for social distancing and wearing face masks.





"SCENES from RIVERSIDE PARK" Online Exhibit



Because we had to miss this year's "Down by the Riverside" Festival, which includes among its activities an invitation to local artists to come to the park to paint en plein air, we have created an online exhibit of Riverside Park art created over the past several years.

The exhibit provides an opportunity to see the variety of views – of woodlands, water, plants, and people – and to trace the changes in the park over the past decade.

The exhibit will be updated and expanded as we receive photos of art created at Riverside Park during past festivals.