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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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.

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MulchFest 7 January 2023

Bring your holiday tree to Riverside Park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings in the Park all year long! Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the Riverside Park Conservancy staff to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips.

These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. And here’s the best part – you can take a bag of Christmas tree mulch home with you!

Registration will be open next week!

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

Projects & Initiatives


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