The People for Riverbend Park Trust continues to operate during the COVID-19 crisis; check here for regular updates on the status of the park and ways you can continue to support us.
12/20/21 – Riverbend Park closed for winter; Funding Received for Olmsted Marker
Riverbend Park's 2021 season ended on Sunday, December 19, and Memorial Drive is open for vehicular traffic. We expect that the Park's 2022 season will begin in mid-April and are hopeful that Memorial Drive will again be closed to vehicular traffic on both Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. We will post the 2022 opening date when it is definite.
We are excited to announce that the State has awarded funding for the creation and installation of a historical marker commemorating the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Eliot in conceiving the original allee of trees along Memorial Drive; the first tree was planted on April 22, 1897. As 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of Omsted's birth on April 26, 1822, we are hoping to dedicate the marker at the start of the Park's 2022 season as part of the national celebration of Olmsted 200.
3/26/21 – Riverbend Park will be open on weekends starting 4/10/21
We are delighted to report that DCR announced its plans to open Riverbend Park (close Memorial Drive to vehicular traffic) on Saturdays, in addition to Sundays, during the upcoming 2021 season. Specifically, DCR will close Memorial Drive to vehicular traffic to allow instead for pedestrian and cyclist use on Memorial Drive, in Riverbend Park, from Saturday, April 10, 2021 through Sunday, November 28, 2021 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Many thanks to all of you who advocated for this change! Enjoy!
12/22/20 – Memorial Drive will be closed every day from 12/24/20 to 12/28/20
DCR has announced that Memorial Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic from Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10:00AM through Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:00AM. Memorial Drive will be available for pedestrian and cyclist use during this period. Enjoy the holidays!
11/24/20 – Riverbend Park will stay open through December
DCR has announced that Memorial will be closed to vehicle traffic, and available for pedestrian and cyclist use on Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM through Sunday, December 27, 2020. Please note that if the weather is poor, DCR may keep Memorial Drive open to car traffic. Check DCR's website for advisories, and sign up here for email updates.
6/20/20 – Riverbend Park now open on Saturdays
As memorialized by law, DCR closes Memorial Drive to traffic on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. from the last Sunday in April through the second Sunday in November.
We are delighted to report that in addition to the usual closing on Sundays, DCR announced that Memorial Drive will now be closed to vehicle traffic on summer Saturdays as well, during the same hours (11 a.m. until 7 p.m.), offering more opportunities to get outdoors while still social distancing.
6/16/20 – the playlot is open!
DCR announced the opening of playgrounds to the public and opened the Riverbend Park playlot. Please note that we removed the sandbox and other shared toys for safety and health reasons. Please bring your own toys if you wish! Thank you also for bringing them back home with you.
While you're there, check out the flowers in bloom! The lilies are especially pretty right now.