Riverside Park located on the Upper West Side Manhattan , New York City is a public park stretching four miles from 72nd to 158th streets along the Hudson River. Riverside Park is truly one of the nicest spots in Manhattan providing a recreational and resting place for those looking to escape the stress of the city.
Riverside Park also contains part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway which encircles Manhattan’s waterfronts, with car-free bike routes.
The 191 acres (0.77 km2) of land which form the original area of the Park was designed in 1873 by Central Park’s Frederick Law Olmsted, who is responsible for many NY parks . Riverside Park boasts a variety of different landscapes, from colorful flower gardens to rocky precipices.
Throughout the next 70 years, other small land additions were made to the park, and its landscape and attractions have been refurbished a number of times, keeping the park clean and beautiful for all of us to enjoy.
Notable monuments and statues in the park include :
- Eleanor Roosevelt Monument
- Soldiers and Sailors Monument
- Joan of Arc
- Grant’s Tomb, New York’s version of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
Riverside Park is widely regarded as Manhattan’s most spectacular waterfront park. As one of only eight officially designated scenic landmarks in the City of New York, it has a long and storied history.
Riverside Park recreation
Since 1875, the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted have offered escape from the city and opportunities for people of all incomes to relax, play, and socialize . Riverside Park contains rocky precipices, sylvan lawns, and groves of mature elm trees.
Recreational facilities include a range of sports courts and fields, a skate park, a large portion of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway (for bicycles), and the 110-slip public marina at 79th street, an important part of New York State’s Water Trail. Riverside Park is a favored recreation area for New Yorkers who live or work in the Upper West Side area. A bicycle and skating path extends from 75th to 125th Street and there are plenty of places to jog or just spent some quality time close to nature. Riverside Park is enjoyed by New Yorkers and tourists of all ages . During the spring and the summer, there is also a free kayak rental at only on weekends, weather-permitting. There are also softball , baseball or soccer fields . Riverside Park is a getaway from distracting city life end also one of the best attractions in New York City