Just north of downtown, Riverside Park is a Victorian-era park with something for everyone: rowing docks, a boat launch, volleyball, cricket and playgrounds, plus our challenge course, Riverfront trails, sculptures, fishing and athletic fields. This park is home to the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse, the base of our thriving Community Rowing Program and our Riverfront Adventure Challenge Course program. The Riverfront Boathouse includes a second floor reception space available for your special events or private parties. Come see the sculpture and artwork, or plan a day of fun - whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find it at Riverside Park.
Port-o-let facilities are typically available in the parks May through November (availability based on weather and park activity) and during all Riverfront Recapture events.
Food & Beverage
Food and beverages are for sale during most Riverfront Recapture events. On non-event days, food can be purchased at one of the many area restaurants just a short drive from the Park.
Riverside Park is open to vehicle traffic from sunrise to sunset, year-round with later hours during concert, performance and festival events.
Riverside Park has plenty of free, off-street parking available within the park.
Riverside Park is also home to more than 4.5 miles of unpaved riverfront trails starting at the Riverfront Boathouse and extending north almost to the Town of Windsor with two distinct trails in the flood plain forest for park visitors to enjoy either on foot or mountain bike. The main trail is wide and starts under a canopy of mature cottonwood and maple trees, passes under a rustic railroad bridge still used by the Connecticut Southern Railroad, and follows the City’s earthen levee for more than two miles until you reach the Tower Brook gully. A noticeable feature, the former Hartford Landfill, will soon become a passive recreational area with tremendous views of the city and beyond. For your return trip to the boathouse, a single track trail follows Tower Brook to the bank of the Connecticut River and weaves its way around hundreds of trees while offering a close-up view of the river and the possibility of seeing a bald eagle, splashing fish, wild turkey or colorful pheasant along the way.
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