Discover the Park
From its southern end to its northern border, the park offers something unique — whether it be a playground, a monument, a Hudson River view, recreational facility or nature sanctuary. Whatever your pleasure, historic Riverside Park has something for everyone.
One of the most notable features of the park is the north waterfront, located between 147th and 152nd Streets, where the open lawn extends to the shoreline. It is a popular starting point for a stroll to the nearby Little Red Lighthouse located in Fort Washington park.
Park users can enjoy fishing and scenic views on Pier I, the recreational pier at 70th Street, as well as the Pier I Café, a seasonal café on the pier plaza.
Fields and courts for handball, soccer, basketball and baseball are located throughout the park. There are red clay tennis courts at 96th Street and hard courts at 119th Street. Between 101st and 111th Streets is an active recreation area with basketball courts, multi-purpose soccer/baseball fields, sand volleyball courts, Swing-a-Rings and a Skate Park.
The nearby Hudson Beach Café on the promenade is available seasonally to provide refreshments as well. Across from this area is the Peter Jay Sharp Volunteer House, the only public building in New York City dedicated to sustaining volunteer park work. The densely forested area of the park between 116th and 124th Streets is home to a bird sanctuary.
Pet owners enjoy four dog runs inside the park, one under the Miller Highway in Riverside Park South, and three others at 72nd, 87th and 105th Streets.
The kayak launches at 72nd Street and 79th Street provide the opportunity for New Yorkers to test out their sea legs. The 79th Street Marina is the only such public access facility in Manhattan. In addition to 105 slips for boats, it offers launch sites and moorings for kayaks, canoes and sailboats.
Adjacent to the marina is a rotunda with a tiled arcade, the venue for a variety of parties and special events and home to the seasonal O’Neals’ West 79th Street Boat Basin Café.