Riverside Park Fund nurtures Riverside Park’s well-being, helps preserve its historic nature and leads the community in developing active stewardship. Founded in 1986 by a small group of community activists, today Riverside Park Fund is a strong nonprofit partner with both the City and the community.
Listed from south to north, the following is a sampling of Riverside Park features to explore and enjoy.
Pier I – 70th Street at the Hudson River
Pier I and most of Riverside Park South were originally part of the abandoned Penn Central railyard between 59th and 72nd Streets. Reconstructed to its original length of 795 feet, the pier has been narrowed considerably and is now only about 55 feet at its widest part where it once was wide enough to fit four parallel railroad tracks.
96th Street Clay Tennis Courts – at the Hudson River
In the early 90s, hundreds of RCTA volunteers spent thousands of hours replacing the old dirt with tons of new, red clay, transforming the courts into the magnificent public, red-clay facility that exists today.
Riverside Park Skate Park – 109th Street, lower level of the Park
The Riverside Park Skate Park, opened in 1995, was New York City’s first skate park and was built specifically to appeal to adolescents. The skate park features various skating surfaces, including two half-pipes, and other ramps and rails. The park is open Thursday – Monday from May through October.