In 1870, Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of many of the world’s most important parks, laid out the plan for Riverside Drive and Park, which now define our neighborhood. His design embraced the natural valleys and rock outcroppings of Manhattan’s western shore and created the sinuous Riverside Drive, regarded as the one of the world’s most beautiful boulevards. The first sections of the elm shaded walkways and Drive opened in 1880 and attracted pedestrians, horse drawn carriages, and bicyclists enjoying the dramatic Hudson River views.
In 1986, a group of concerned citizens formed the Riverside Park Conservancy with two goals in mind: to bring the community back into the park to recognize its potential and embrace its care; and to advocate for increased support from the City. Almost 30 years later, we remain a community-based organization that directs more than 40,000 hours a year of volunteer time to the park’s care and restoration. Our thousands of members include playground parents, dog owners, tennis players, youth and adult sport leagues, joggers, bicyclists, kayakers, picnickers, bird watchers, nature lovers and many more who appreciate and use Riverside Park every day.
We are passionate about maintaining and preserving Riverside Park as a valuable and historic New York City asset that provides enjoyment to millions of visitors from down the block and around the region.
Our work would not be possible, and the park would not be as beautiful, without the help of our dedicated supporters. Riverside Park is our collective backyard. With your help, the Conservancy will continue to work hard to ensure the park remains a neighborhood gem for generations to come. Thank you for joining us in this important work.