20 Leibert Rd, Hartford

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 Riverfront 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.

Hours

Riverside Park is open to vehicle traffic from sunrise to sunset, year-round with later hours during concert, performance and festival events.

Parking

Riverside Park has plenty of free, off-street parking available within the park.

Restrooms

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.  Information about local restaurants can be found here.

Make a day of it

There are many great things to see and do during your visit to Hartford including museums, movies, parks, cultural events, theater, outdoor activities and more.  Visit www.hartford.com for more information.

Park Amenities

  • Boat launch
  • Banquet facility
  • Free onsite parking
  • Children's playground
  • Picnic tables
  • Charcoal grills
  • Volleyball
  • Rowing facilities
  • Football field
  • Cricket field
  • Riverfront trails
  • Adventure challenge course
  • Paved & lighted walkways
  • Drinking fountain
  • Fishing access
  • Public bathroom/ port-o-lets

Riverfront Trails

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. 

Riverside Park Mountain Bike Trails


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Upcoming Park Events

Bike MS - Saturday, September 13

Don’t just ride, Bike MS! This year’s Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride, starts from the historic Riverfront Boathouse at Riverside Park in Hartford. View Details

Riverfront Crossfest - Sunday, September 14

Cyclocross returns to Riverside Park on Sunday October 25th. This time, the event is being promoted by the Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance and the Connecticut Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. View Details

Come enjoy the spectacle of one of New England's largest rowing regattas as you cheer on your favorite rowers. View Details

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