Designed in 1898, the 22-acre Riverside Park was the last park the Olmsted firm designed in Buffalo.
Originally, park visitors could enjoy the Minnow Pools, a romantic stream with waterfalls and bridges, or walk along a formal concourse and across a footbridge over the Erie Canal. Today, the Irene K. Gardner Pedestrian Bridge links Riverside Park to the Riverwalk, part of the Niagara River Greenway Trail, a continuous trail that links Lake Erie to Lake Ontario along the Niagara River. In 1912, 12 acres were added to the south end of the park and laid out for active recreation. Today Riverside is a vibrant neighborhood park hosting many football games, baseball, swimming, basketball and tennis.
The Conservancy has recently enhanced the football field with a grant from the National Football League and the Buffalo Bills. Many new trees are taking root throughout the park, installed with the help of many volunteers each spring and fall. Much of the original Olmsted designed features have been lost over the years, but the Conservancy is actively planning restoration projects with the City of Buffalo and the community. The first project planned is the phase one restoration of the Minnow Pools.
Planning Your Visit
(4) Baseball/Softball Diamonds
(1) Football/Soccer Field
(2) Tennis Courts
(3) Basketball Courts
(1) Ice Rink
(1) Swimming Pool
(1) Wading Pool
World War I Memorial
Niagara River Overlook
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is responsible for the rental of the Parkside Lodge, the fenced picnic area next to the lodge, croquet courts in Delaware Park, and the Caz Casino in Cazenovia Park.
The Delaware Park Marcy Casino, Rose Garden, and Japanese Garden are rented through Magnolia Events. (716- 886-0088)