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Riverbank State Park (Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park)

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UPDATE - PUBLIC ROLLER-SKATING SESSIONS Spring/Summer 2021 On Sunday, April 4th, 2021 Denny Farrell Riverbank skating complex will reopen for public roller skating sessions. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday & Friday
Session 1 - 4pm – 6pm
Session 2 - 7pm – 9pm (18 and older)

Saturday & Sunday
Session 1: 2pm - 4pm
Session 2: 5pm - 7pm

General Admission: $1.50. Skate Rental: $6.00. Lockers: No Fee.

Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, each skating session is limited to 50 persons by advance registration only.
-Please make skating reservation by emailing DFRBSPSKATING@PARKS.NY.GOV


  • Reservations accepted first come, first served starting at 7 p.m. the day before the desired skating session
  • Each patron may reserve a maximum of 2 skating slots
  • To reserve a skating slot, patrons must be at least 12 years old; the person making the reservation must show personal identification upon arrival the skating rink
  • Reservation confirmations will be emailed by 9 a.m. the day of the desired skating session
  • Everyone entering the skating facility will be required to have their temperature checked by park staff 
  • Everyone in the skating facility must appropriately wear a face covering throughout the skate session
  • Current social distancing guidelines will be enforced throughout the skating facility
  • During the breaks between skating sessions, park staff will clean the skating facility and skates, and also maintain the ice
  • Skating sessions are subject to any further changes in the current COVID-19 guidelines
  • As always, skating sessions are subject to change depending on the weather
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10031
Latitude 40.827091
Longitude -73.952065

2021 Spring Registration Program Guide

2021 Recreational Swimming

2021 Spring Lap Swimming

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: No pets are allowed in the park. (This does not apply to service animals.)

Hours of Operation

  • Open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk, 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

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