Alert Message - Docks have not been installed due to river conditions. We do not recommend launching your boat from Riverside Park or Great River Park.   Learn More

Dock installation has been prohibited due to the late spring flood start and prolonged high water period since then. The river has to be at elevation 6 or lower for us to remove the accumulated silt and install the docks. We recognize that this is atypical of most years, and thank boaters in advance for their cooperation. We will continue to monitor the river levels to determine when it is possible to install the docks and allow boaters to launch from them safely. Until then, we do not recommend launching, and doing so is at your own risk.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

Riverfront Food Truck Festival, July 11 - July 13
Riverfront Fireworks, July 13
Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival, August 3
Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival, August 17

This year's volunteers shared some kind words about their experience with Riverfront. We hope they — and you — will join us in the future!

  • “Today was great, thank you for having us!
  • Wish I knew about Riverfront Recapture sooner!”
  • “We had a lot of fun! And learned a lot! Thank you =)”
  • “Always great to give back to beautify the community we all work in”
  • “Staff is super nice!!!”
  • “Glad to help out today! I often enjoy these trails (on foot & bike) so very happy to "give back" a bit!”
  • “I can honestly say I never thought Hartford could be "beautiful." The Riverfront has changed my mind.”


We have tons of possibilities! You can volunteer as an individual, part of a group, with your family—whatever works best for you. And you can spend as much or as little time as you want. Some of our volunteer opportunities include:

Group Volunteering
Bring your corporate, college, community and youth group to the Riverfront for a day of teambuilding with a park landscaping day consisting of planting, mulching, raking, weeding, pruning, and painting. Or your group may volunteer your services to assist at one of our many concerts and festivals. Promote volunteerism and environmental responsibility, while building employee cohesiveness.

Event Volunteers
Event volunteers serve in a variety of roles, from marketing tasks to registration coordination, loading participants on boats to survey taking, working with kids, coordinating musical talent, event set up and breakdown, and so much more.

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