Between the
Connecticut River
and I91 and I84

Hartford, CT 06120‎

Riverside Park

The park comprises 50 acres of green space, and is visited by over one million people each year. It was conceived by the Reverend Horace Bushnell in the mid-1850s and is the oldest publicly funded park in the United States.

Park Amenities

For More Information Contact the Office For Recreation and Family Services

Parker Memorial Community Center
2621 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06120
Phone: (860)757-4880

20 Leibert Road, Hartford, CT

Just north of downtown, this Victorian-era park is home to Riverfront Rowing, our community rowing program, and miles of unpaved trails through floodplain forest. Riverside Park is open from sunrise to sunset. 

Please read the park rules before visiting.

Park Amenities:

  • Boat launch
  • Picnic tables
  • Charcoal grills: These are the only grills allowed to be used in the parks – no personal grills are allowed.
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Cricket and football fields
  • Playground
  • Fishing access
  • Sculpture installations
  • Drinking fountain
  • Port-o-lets
  • Paved and lighted walkways
  • Bike racks
  • Wooded trails

Get Active Tips & Tools

Being active makes you feel good! Think better sleep, improved moods, a fitter body and stronger muscles - the benefits are endless. 

Start moving by making small changes

However you choose to move, it’s all good for your health and wellbeing.

Making small changes to your routine by including small bursts of activity throughout your day all adds up and makes it easier to stay active. So whether it’s a 10-minute seated or yoga workout in the morning, a bike ride, walking your dog or walking during your lunch break at work, playing with your children, or even moving when talking on the phone – every little helps to start improving your health.

Build new habits

Repeat the activities you enjoy daily and keep trying new activities that motivate you.

Doing your activities at the same time every day can help you build activity into your routine. Regularly taking the time to recognize how what you’re doing is helping you to meet your goals can also help to create a habit.


Hartford Health and Human Services

131 Coventry Street
Hartford, CT 06112

Contact Info
(860) 757-4700


Sunday Closed
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday Closed