Linda was a key figure in the development of Riverside Park South. In 1991, leading a coalition of the city’s key civic and environmental groups, she helped to create a plan called Riverside South that significantly reduced the size of a proposed private housing development and made possible this dramatic sweep of waterfront parkland. This coalition, which became the Riverside South Planning Corporation, included The Parks Council, the Regional Plan Association, the Riverside Park Fund, Westpride, the Municipal Art Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and secured the City’s approval of the park. Thanks to Linda’s vision and perseverance, Riverside Park South will be a 27-acre waterfront oasis that will serve generations of New Yorkers to come. The park not only preserves the West Side’s historic waterfront but also completes the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway by connecting Hudson River Park and Riverside Park.
Linda resided on the West Side and raised her family in its parks, and was able to see her plans for Riverside Park South come to fruition. In 2004, Commissioner Benepe named this area between 65th and 68th Streets in Riverside Park South ‘Linda’s Lawn’ to honor Linda for these achievements and for her years of public service.
Directions to Riverside Park
Know Before You Go
There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
The northernmost A-dock at the 79th Street Boat Basin is currently closed to public access for structural enhancements. The dock will be further supported with non-wood pilings and a new wave screen.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016
Riverside Park (72nd Street)
The kayak launch site at 72nd Street in Riverside Park is closed for the season. Please visit The New York City Water Trail page to find other kayak launches.
Riverside Park Weather
- NYC Parks Celebrates Joan Of Arc Statue Centennial—First Ever Statue Of A Woman Erected In An NYC Park
- NYC Parks Issues Request For Proposals For Outdoor Café At The 79Th Street Rotunda In Riverside Park
- NYC Parks Continues Sandy Recovery And Breaks Ground On Reconstruction Of Historic 79Th Street Boat Basin A-dock