Riverside Park

The 22-acre Riverside Park was the last park the Olmsted firm designed in Buffalo.

Designed: 1898 – 1899 by Olmsted Brothers  |  Location: Between Niagara, Crowley, Vulcan and Tonawanda Streets

Overlooking the Niagara River, Riverside Park filled the missing piece in the park system by providing access to the river that, together with Lake Erie, is Buffalo’s other outstanding natural feature. Designed by Olmsted’s sons and successors after his retirement in 1895, it once had a landing on the river where boats from downtown would load and unload passengers. Restored in 2014, the River Rock Garden is a reinterpretation of the original Minnow Pool. This rain garden restored the original planting plan to the north end of the park.

Inside the park, visitors might enjoy a variety of diversions, including listening to concerts, playing baseball or other sports, strolling along a meandering pool shaded by old forest trees, or simply watching the great river roll by. Other prominent features of Riverside Park include a Lighthouse, World War I memorial and the Niagara River outlook. Learn more about your Buffalo Olmsted Park System at the official map & guide.

Support Your Parks

Our members are the core of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. With your unrestricted gift to the annual fund, our dedicated team takes care of the 850 acres of Olmsted green spaces in Buffalo. We count on your financial support to keep the Olmsted Parks clean, open spaces where Buffalonians continue to play, exercise and enjoy nature together.

Planning Your Visit

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(4) Baseball/Softball Diamonds
(1) Football/Soccer Field
(2) Tennis Courts
(3) Basketball Courts
(1) Ice Rink
(1) Swimming Pool
(1) Wading Pool
(1) Playground
(2) Shelters

Points of Interest

Lighthouse Monument
Petofi Monument
World War I Memorial
Niagara River Overlook

Rental Information

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is responsible for the rental of the Parkside Lodge, the fenced picnic area next to the Parkside Lodge, croquet courts in Delaware Park, the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park and the Crotty Casino in Cazenovia Park.

The Marcy Casino and Rose Garden in Delaware Park is rented through Magnolia Events.


Photos of Riverside Park