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Riverbank State Park (Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park)

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The Easter Holiday Schedule For Aquatics
6:30-8:30am Lap swim 18 & Older Lap Swim card require
9am-6pm Recreational Swim all ages
6:30pm-8:30pm Recreational Swim 16 & older/Family Swim

Sat & Sun
6:30-8:30am Lap Swim 18 & older Lap Swim card required
9am-6pm Recreational Swim/Family Swim

Easter Holiday Athletics Schedule | Easter Holiday Skating Schedule

679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10031
Latitude 40.827091
Longitude -73.952065

Now available:
Easter Holiday 2019 Public Skating Schedule
2019 Spring/Summer Registration Booklet
Aquatics 2018-19 Fall/Winter/Spring Programs
2019 Spring/Summer Skating Schedule

On September 5th, 2017, the park was renamed in honor of Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell to Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park after his 42 years of public service to the community.

Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park is the only park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Inspired by urban rooftop designs in Japan, this 28-acre multi-level landscaped recreational rises 69 feet above the Hudson River and offers a wide variety of recreational, athletic and arts experiences for all ages, interests and abilities.

Housed in five major buildings are an Olympic-size pool, a covered skating rink for roller skating in the summer and ice-skating in the winter, an 800-seat cultural theater, a 2,500-seat athletic complex with fitness room, and a 150-seat restaurant.

Outdoor sports amenities include a 25-yard lap pool, a wading pool, four tennis courts, four basketball courts, a softball field, four hand/paddleball courts, and a 400-meter eight-lane running track with a football/soccer field.

Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park also boasts spectacular promenade views of the Hudson River, the Palisades and the George Washington Bridge. At water level, there is a 400-seat amphitheater.

An educational greenhouse, two playgrounds, a water splashing area, a delightful kid inspired carousel  and a number of picnic areas round out DF Riverbank's many offerings.

Check out Sofrito On The Hudson for brunch and dinner.  

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open 7 days a week, 6am - 11pm, 365 days a year

  • General: 
    -Automated Information: 212-694-3600
       -Park Administration: 212-694-3608
       -Park Use Permit Office: 212-694-3639
       -Public Parking is not available inside of the park.
       -Bicycle riding is not permitted inside of the park.
       -Pets are not permitted in the park.
       -Park is accessible via the following public transportation options: 
          -MTA Buses: BX19 & M11 (run directly into the park)
          -MTA Subway: #1 train, stop 1 block east of the park @ 145th street and 
       -Park also accessible by bike via the Hudson River Greenway
  • Food: 
       -Restaurant - Sofrito, 
        (Hours vary seasonally)    
       -Snack Bar available year round (inside of Skating Complex)
       -Picnic areas available, table rental recommended from Memorial Day - Labor 
       -Grilling and open flame cooking are prohibited within the park.
  • Aquatics Complex: 
    Schedule and pool rules available here.

       -Phone: 212-694-3664/3665/3666
       -Locker rooms
       -50 meter indoor Olympic pool (October through Labor Day) & 25 meter outdoor pool (4th of July - Labor Day)
       -Water Play area with sprayground
       -Learn to swim, stroke mechanics, water aerobics, etc. Classes available for all ages.
       -Red Tails Swimming Team (youth)
  • Athletics Complex: 
    6:30 AM - 10 PM (M-F)
    6:30 AM - 5 PM (Sat/Sun)
       -Phone: 212-694-3637/3638/3744
       -Fitness Room: Mon - Fri, 6:30 am - 10 pm. Sat - Sun: 6:30 am - 5 pm. (Membership packages required)
       -Indoor Gymnasium & Locker Rooms, Outdoor Athletics and Softball Field, Outdoor Basketball, Handball and Tennis Courts, Outdoor 440m running track.
       -Tennis Court Permits Available from 4/1 through 11/30 yearly.
       -Outdoor field and court & Indoor Gymnasium rentals for organized groups.
       -Sports and exercise classes and clinics, etc. for all ages.
       -Youth Travel Team Programs in: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Football.
  • Skating Complex
    -Phone: 212-694-3642
       -Ice Skating: November through March (weather permitting)
       -Roller Skating: May 5th 2018 through October (weather permitting)
       -Ice and Roller Rink Rental for Organized Groups 
       -Public Skating Sessions Every Week
       -Skate Rental (Ice and Roller) & Sharpening Available
       -Birthday Party Packages available
       -Learn to Skate, Roller and Ice Dance classes, etc. and programs for all ages
       -Adult Open Ice & Roller Hockey
       -Youth Travel Team Programs in: 
          -Ice Hockey
          -Figure Skating
  • Cultural Complex: 
    -Phone: 212-694-3633/3632
       -Indoor multi-use theater and outdoor riverside amphitheatre (also available for rental by organized groups)
       -Cultural, Dance, Art, Chess and Music classes for all ages
       -Art exhibits, summer concert series (Jammin' on the Hudson), holiday special events, community garden and Senior Citizen Socials
       -Summer day camp program 
       -Youth Travel Team Programs in: Cheerleading, Chess
       -Carousel: May through October (hours vary)

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Aquatics/Pool Entry
  • $2 Adult
    $1 children (5-15 yrs.) and Seniors
    4 and under - free
    Lap swimming pass $30 per month*
    Pool rental available for groups.

    *Morning Lap Swim requires a lap swim pass which must be purchased in advance. Same day entry is no longer available for lap swim session. The evening lap swim does not require a $30 lap swim pass during the fall/winter/spring seasons.

    Additional information on Aquatic Center admission options, including refillable multivisit cards, can be found here.
  • Carousel
  • $1 per ride
  • Classes
  • $10 - $200 per class
  • Cultural Fees
  • Theater, Amphitheater and Main Stage rental available for groups. Permit event ticket sale surcharge: $1 per ticket sold.
  • Fitness Room
  • $5 day pass
    $20 7 Days
    $40 30 Days
    $60 3 Months
    $110 6 Months
    $200 per year

    6:30 AM - 10:00 PM (Monday - Friday)
    6:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays)

    New Membership Fee is $10 Registration: $ 4.00
    Seniors: New Membership $8.00 Registration: $3.00

    Gymnasium, courts & athletic facility rental available for groups.

    Fitness Room Information & Fees

  • Ice Skating
  • Standard Admission:
    $5 Adults
    $3 children

    Skate Rental: $6 per day

    Rental of Complex Terrace: $120/hr (comm.), $60 (nfp)
    Ice Rink is available for rental by groups.
  • Rehearsal Room Rental
  • $40/hr (non-profit); $80/hr (commercial)
    Tables and chairs available for an additional rental fee - $1/chair, 25 chair minimum; $10/table, 2 tables minimum
  • Reserved Picnic Table
  • $30 for 1 table plus $30 for each additional table (Non-Profit)
    $60 for 1 table plus $60 for each additional table (Commercial)
  • Riverbank ID Card
  • $10
    $8 Seniors
  • Roller Skating
  • Admission: $1.50/person
    Skate Rental: $6/day.
    Dry rink is available for rental by group.
  • Summer Camp
  • $550 per child
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Riverbank State Park (Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park)
(212) 694-3600

Start time: 10am
End time: 2pm

Meeting Location for all projects: Main Stage. Parking Instructions: We are kindly asking that volunteers park their vehicle on the lower level parking. Please bring snack. All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #1: Clean the carousel animals Maintenance staff remove sand from mechanical room (inner part of the carousel) Remove all weeds and debris under benches, around the sea rail and from the butterfly circle. Plant flowers around the raised planters where trees are. Bag all debris for pick up

Volunteer Project #2: Remove twigs and debris round aquatics complex. Remove weeds from raised planters, water play area, and stairs leading to sea rail on the side of the aquatics complex. Bag all debris. Clean windows. Remove twigs and debris around pool lawn, trim grass area. Bag all debris. Remove all weeds around the entire building. Sweep up leaves and debris.

Volunteer Project #3: Trim hedges around the tennis court area. Remove all weeds from around planters. Pick-up all pruned branches. Place all debris in black garbage bags for pick up. Remove all weeds and debris around the baseball field.

We can accommodate: Large groups, small groups, college student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts Questions? Call: 212-694-3637 Email:

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gardens (Accessible) * Greenhouse
  • Gymnasium (Accessible)
  • Performing Arts Center (Accessible) * Robert Frederick Smith Center for Performing Arts
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • WiFi
  • Activities
  • Ice Skating (Accessible) * Roller Skating- warm weather months
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Tennis (Accessible)