Activities

Recreational Facilities

The following list contains helpful information about Park facilities, including contact numbers and websites, when available.

Ballfields

Click here or call 212-408-0209 to obtain a permit to play on Riverside Park’s ballfields.

71st Street near the river
1 soccer field

72nd Street near the river
Field #1; 1 baseball field

77th Street near the river
Field #2; 2 baseball fields; 1 soccer field

101st Street on the lower level
Field #3; 1 soccer field

103rd Street on the lower level
Field #4; 1 baseball field; 1 soccer field

104th Street on the lower level
Field #5; 1 baseball field

107th Street on the lower level
Field #6; 1 baseball field; 1 soccer field

108th Street on the lower level
Field #7; 1 baseball field

146th Street & Riverside Drive
Field #8; 1 baseball field

147th Street & Riverside Drive
Field #9; 1 baseball field

Basketball Courts

71st Street, under the highway
3 full courts

76th Street & Riverside Drive
6 half courts; 1 full court
public restroom at this location

102nd Street on the lower level
1 full court

111th Street on the lower level
4 full courts; 2 half court

148th Street, west of Riverside Drive
2 full courts; public restroom at this location

Handball Courts

71st Street, under the highway
2 handball courts

111th Street on the lower level
5 handball courts

Kayak Launches

72nd Street at the river
May – Oct; 646-613-0740 for weather conditions; run by Downtown Boathouse

79th Street Marina, at the river
Dockmaster: 212-496-2105

Running Tracks

73rd Street near the river
dirt track; 1/8 mile

101st Street on the lower level
1/6 mile or 267m

Tennis Courts

Click here or call 212-360-8131 for information about tennis permits and where they can be purchased. Courts are generally open from April – November.

Riverside Clay Tennis Courts
96th Street at the river
10 red clay courts; for clay conditions: 212-978-0277. Permit required to play. One-day permits ($15) can be purchased at the 96th St. Tennis Courts, and are valid only at this facility. Portable restrooms at this location

119th Street Tennis Courts
119th Street inside the Park
Asphalt tennis courts; call 212-870-3082 for lessons at this location; Permit required to play. Public restroom at this locationVolleyball Courts

102nd Street on the lower level
2 asphalt courts

105th Street on the lower level
2 sand courts; 4 asphalt courts

148th Street, west of Riverside Drive
1 asphalt volleyball court; public restroom at this location

Other Recreational Facilities

Swing-a-Rings

105th Street on the lower level
2 sets of rings: adult & pre-teen

Ping Pong Tables

105th Street on the lower level
2 ping pong tables; some equipment available

Tetherball

105th Street on the lower level
weather permitting

Skate Park

109th Street on the lower level
April & May – weekends 11am-dusk;
June, July & Aug – Thurs-Monday 11am-dusk (closed Tues & Wed);
Sept & Oct – weekends 11 am – dusk.
Helmet required; skaters must also have a signed waiver on file

Playgrounds

Little Engine Playground

67th Street & Riverside Boulevard

Classic Playground

75th Street near the river
public restroom at this location

Neufeld (Elephant) Playground

76th Street & Riverside Drive
public restroom at this location

River Run Playground

82nd Street near Riverside Drive
public restroom at this location

Hippo Playground

91st Street near Riverside Drive
public restroom at this location

Dinosaur Playground

97th Street & Riverside Drive
public restroom at this location

105th Street Tot Lot

105th Street & Riverside Drive

110th Street Tot Lot

110th Street & Riverside Drive

112th Street Tot Lot

112th Street & Riverside Drive

117th Street Playground

117th Street & Riverside Drive

Sakura Playground

122nd Street & Riverside Drive

Claremont Dolphin Playground

124th Street behind Grant’s Tomb
public restroom at this location

Riverbank (Camel) Playground

143rd Street & Riverside Drive
public restroom at this location

Palisades Playground

148th Street & Riverside Drive

Ten Mile River (Beaver) Playground

148th Street, west of Riverside Drive
public restroom at this location

Dog Runs

Riverside South Dog Run

72nd Street, under the highway; 6:00 am – midnight

72nd Street Dog Run

72nd Street & Riverside Drive; managed by FLORAL

87th Street Dog Run
87th Street on the Promenade

105th Street Dog Run
105th Street on the Promenade

Passive Recreation Areas

No dogs; no radio; no team sports
Linda’s Lawn

66th Street near the river

South Lawn

73rd – 75th Street near Riverside Drive

North Lawn

80th – 82nd Street near Riverside Drive

Sakura Park

122nd Street & Riverside Drive

Cafés

Pier I Café
70th Street Pier Plaza
212-362-4450;
May 1 to mid-October; weather permitting
7 days a week; portable restrooms at this location

O’Neals’ West 79th Street Boat Basin Café
79th Street in the Rotunda
212-496-5542;
March – October; weather permitting
public restroom at this location

Hudson Beach Café
105th Street on the lower level
March – October; weather permitting
public restroom at this location

Parking lots

97th Street north of tennis courts
hours: dawn to dusk

148th Street north of Ten Mile River Playground
hours: dawn to dusk

150th Street west of West Side Highway
hours: dawn to dusk

Restrooms

Pier I Café

70th Street; portable restroom

Classic Playground

75th Street near the river

Neufeld (Elephant) Playground

76th Street & Riverside Drive

O’Neals’ West 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe

Rotunda, 79th Street at the river

River Run Playground

83rd Street near Riverside Drive

Hippo Playground

91st Street near Riverside Drive

Riverside Clay Tennis Courts

96th Street at the river; portable restroom

Dinosaur Playground

97th Street & Riverside Drive

Hudson Beach Café

105th Street on the lower level

119th Street Tennis Courts

119th Street on the middle level

General Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial Viewing Pavilion

122nd Street & Riverside Drive
across from Grant’s Tomb; below the Pavilion

Claremont Dolphin Playground

124th Street behind Grant’s Tomb

Riverbank Camel Playground

143rd Street & Riverside Drive

Ten Mile River Beaver Playground

148th Street, west of Riverside Drive

Other Unique Riverside Park Facilities

Train Engine

62nd Street

West 69th Street Transfer Bridge (Gantry)

69th Street; not open to the public

Pier I

70th Street; fishing is allowed

79th Street Boat Basin/Rotunda

79th Street at the river
access to the Boat Basin through the Rotunda
dockmaster: 212-496-2105

The Woodlands Restoration

108th Street to 116th Street
One of the few sections reflecting the horticultural history of the area prior to the construction of the park. Some of the oldest, most spectacular trees in the park are found here. This project began in 2006 with the generous support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

Mt. Tom

83rd Street & Riverside Drive
rocky hill rumored to have been a favorite spot of author Edgar Allan Poe’s

Garden People’s Garden

91st Street on the Promenade
Established in Riverside Park in 1981; used as a backdrop in the 1998 film “You’ve Got Mail.”

Crabapple Grove

91st Street across from the Hippo Playground

Cherry Walk

100th – 129th Street along the river

Peter Jay Sharp Volunteer House

107th Street

Bird Sanctuary

116th – 129th Street
Designated “Forever Wild” area