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.




Gov. Lamont has issued executive orders directing Connecticut residents to "Stay Safe, Stay Home" and prohibiting all social and recreational gatherings of more than 5 people. New London Recreation programs and events are cancelled until further notice, and city playgrounds and basketball courts are closed. Visitors to Riverside Park are welcome to enjoy its natural beauty and views of the Thames River, while following current guidelines for social distancing (at least 6') and wearing face masks.

Riverside Park Conservancy has likewise had to cancel all events at least through May 20, affecting this year's park clean-up schedule and Neighbor Day celebration. Further updates will be shared as available.


2020 Calendar of Events


Neighbor Day, New London's annual celebration of community which falls on May 17 this year, will be rescheduled to a later date due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Saturday, June 6 - Yale-Harvard Regatta

Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7 - CT Trails Day Weekend hike

Saturday, September 19 - 10th annual Down by the Riverside Festival

More to come!


Upcoming Park Clean-up & Planting Days – UPDATE!


Due to COVID-19, the Riverside Park Conservancy will not begin its annual schedule of park clean-ups until June. Join us as we pick up trash, remove invasives from our plantings, and prepare new areas for putting in native shrubs and perennials. Please bring hand tools if you have them. RPC is providing water, trash bags, gloves, and snacks.

Future clean-up days will be held one Saturday each month through October.