Riverside Park Conservancy

View of Ellison Statue
Welcome to

Riverside Park Conservancy

The mission of Riverside Park Conservancy is to restore, maintain, and improve Riverside Park in partnership with the City of New York for the enjoyment and benefit of all New Yorkers. We support the preservation of the park’s historic landscape, structures, and monuments, engage the community in active stewardship of the park, and provide a wide range of public programs.

From 59th Street to 181st Street, from riverfront to city—side we work to enhance this Olmsted gem for present and future generations. Whatever it needs, Riverside Park Conservancy is by its side. Think of us as its gardener. Its advocate. Its sustainability manager. Its art curator. Its historian. Its visionary. And its guardian.

We work side-by-side with the New York City Parks Department, and we make improvements as diverse as the park itself and the city it serves. With the dedication and generosity of neighbors and park lovers like you, we can elevate your park experience and preserve this historic treasure for generations to come.

In the Press

“Riverside Park has bounced back largely because of the…nonprofit Riverside Park Conservancy.” – The New York Times
“The Lowkey Best Park In NYC” – Gothamist

Explore the park

Riverside Park has so much to offer – scenic waterfront strolls, playgrounds, athletic fields, historic monuments, lawns for lounging, forested habitat, dog runs, restaurants, and more. Check out our map to see what your next adventure will be!

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Volunteer

Volunteerism is at the heart of the Conservancy’s mission to conserve, improve, and beautify Riverside Park. Community involvement is essential to the park’s well-being, and our Grassroots Volunteer Program guides individuals and groups of all skill levels in making meaningful contributions to the park’s overall care.

A group of volunteers smile in front of the Ralph Ellison Memorial in the snow

We Count on Neighbors Like You!

As a nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Conservancy depends solely on the generosity of donors to operate its important work. The Riverside Park Conservancy supports the preservation of the Park’s historic landscape, structure, and monuments, engages the community in active stewardship of the Park, and provides a wide range of public programs.

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Riverside Insiders

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Activities And Events

Summer on the Hudson, held in partnership with Riverside Park Conservancy and NYC Parks, is an annual outdoor arts and culture festival that takes place in Riverside Park from 59th Street to 181st Street. This free public programming series includes a mix of music concerts, dance performances, movies under the stars, DJ dance parties, kids shows, special events, education and wellness activities, and more. There is something for everyone! All programs and events are free to the public and registration is not required unless specifically stated in event information.

Music & Dance Special Events Summer on the Hudson
(Cancelled) Jazz Foundation Presents: Sunset Sounds 22 June 2024

Please note this event has been cancelled.

The Jazz Foundation of America presents a spirited sunset concert featuring the JFA All-Stars (June 14) and Harlem-grown vocalist Cantrese Alloway (June 22).

Summer on the Hudson events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, unreserved, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is heavy rain at the time of the event, the event will be canceled. For weather updates, check nyc.gov/parks/soh 2 hours before the event.

Special Events
Sustainable Food Systems 15 August 2024

About the Series:

Join Riverside Park Conservancy’s Sustainability Team for four lectures led by local activists, environmentalists, educators, and composters. All events are free and open to the public and will include time for a Q&A and discussion. Stay tuned on social media and/or sign up for our mailing list at riversideparknyc.org for dates and details.

About the Event:

Join Sycamore May, Director of Sustainability and Communications at Handsome Brook Farms, to learn about the state of the food system in the US and where it is headed.

RSVP here!

Education & Workshops Special Events
Sustainability as Daily Practice 20 July 2024

About the Series:

Join Riverside Park Conservancy’s Sustainability Team for four lectures led by local activists, environmentalists, educators, and composters. All events are free and open to the public and will include time for a Q&A and discussion. Stay tuned on social media and/or sign up for our mailing list at riversideparknyc.org for dates and details.

About the Event:

Join Dr. Camille Jones, coordinator at Maggie’s Garden and Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Old Westbury, to learn about how we can integrate sustainable practices in our lifestyles.

RSVP here!

Special Events
Community Compost Advocacy 27 June 2024

Join Riverside Park Conservancy’s Sustainability Team for four compost-inspired talks this spring. All talks are free & open to the public, including time for a Q&A & discussion. For more updates and other events, follow us on social media or sign up for our mailing list at riversideparknyc.org!

Community Composting 101 for Advocates and Supporters
The latest City budget cuts have endangered long-standing community composting programs in New York City. In this workshop, learn about tools to help advocate for community composting in our City and beyond. We’ll discuss the basics of composting, ways community composting differs from other food waste solutions, and approachable strategies to engage with our communities. Come prepared to share your ideas!

About the Speaker:
Lia Lucero, formerly with the LES Ecology Center, has been active in community composting initiatives for nearly a decade. She holds a B.S. in environmental studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. She received compost training from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Earth Matter, and the Compost Research and Education Foundation. She currently serves as a steering committee member for the Community Composter Coalition managed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a network of community composters that is building the movement by connecting early adopters, spreading lessons learned, and inspiring new operations.

About the Series:
Join Riverside Park Conservancy’s Sustainability Team for four lectures led by local activists, environmentalists, educators, and composters. All events are free and open to the public and will include time for a Q&A and discussion. Stay tuned on social media and/or sign up for our mailing list at riversideparknyc.org for dates and details.

RSVP here!

Health & Wellness Summer on the Hudson
Field House Pilates 18 June 2024

Join Sweet Water Dance & Yoga for Mat Pilates, a strengthening and lengthening exercise that focuses on conditioning your core muscles while also training your arms and legs. This class incorporates key Pilates principles such as postural alignment, breathing, strength, controlled movement and flexibility. This class is perfect for beginners but intermediate and advanced movers will also benefit.

Bring your own mat. This event takes place in the newly-renovated 102nd Street Field House. Enter the Park at 102nd Street and Riverside Drive, then descend to the promenade level. The stairs to the Field House are across the promenade at 102nd Street.

Health & Wellness Summer on the Hudson
Field House Pilates 25 June 2024

Join Sweet Water Dance & Yoga for Mat Pilates, a strengthening and lengthening exercise that focuses on conditioning your core muscles while also training your arms and legs. This class incorporates key Pilates principles such as postural alignment, breathing, strength, controlled movement and flexibility. This class is perfect for beginners but intermediate and advanced movers will also benefit.

Bring your own mat. This event takes place in the newly-renovated 102nd Street Field House. Enter the Park at 102nd Street and Riverside Drive, then descend to the promenade level. The stairs to the Field House are across the promenade at 102nd Street.

Health & Wellness Summer on the Hudson
Field House Pilates 2 July 2024

Join Sweet Water Dance & Yoga for Mat Pilates, a strengthening and lengthening exercise that focuses on conditioning your core muscles while also training your arms and legs. This class incorporates key Pilates principles such as postural alignment, breathing, strength, controlled movement and flexibility. This class is perfect for beginners but intermediate and advanced movers will also benefit.

Bring your own mat. This event takes place in the newly-renovated 102nd Street Field House. Enter the Park at 102nd Street and Riverside Drive, then descend to the promenade level. The stairs to the Field House are across the promenade at 102nd Street.

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A Teen Corps member works to remove Mugwort from the Pollinator Meadow

Projects & Initiatives

Updates

The Conservancy works to make the Park a better place for all the people and species that spend time here.