Riverfront Park (Harrisburg)

Riverfront Park is a public park in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that spans beside the Susquehanna River.

Riverfront Park
Facing west toward the Susquehanna River with a view of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Bridge
LocationHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°16′03″N 76°53′33″W / 40.2674°N 76.8925°W / 40.2674; -76.8925
Areaapprox. 47.88 acres (19.38 ha)
Front Steps from Market Street Bridge looking south during construction of Riverfront Park, November 1914.

The park runs parallel to the Susquehanna River between the shoreline and Front Street, from Vaughn Street at the north to the I-83 John Harris Bridge at the south. It includes a concrete waterfront esplanade as well as greenspace on the riverbank first developed during the City Beautiful Movement in the early 20th Century by Warren H. Manning as one of the first riverfront reclamations by American cities.[1] Riverfront Park overlooks views of the river, City Island, Wormleysburg and Blue Mountain in the distance. Riverfront Park is also part of the larger Capital Area Greenbelt and maintains bike lanes and paved paths. Along the park are many statues, memorials, a series of exercise pits, gardens, public art installations, and a Harrisburg Centennial time capsule. Special areas include the Sunken Gardens, gravesite of John Harris Sr., and Kunkel Memorial Plaza.

Festivals and events


Riverfront Park plays host to many of Harrisburg's yearly festivals and events such as Kipona, Harrisburg Independence Day Celebration, ArtsFest, Woofstock Dog Festival, Pennsylvania Pump Primers' Antique Fire Apparatus Show & Muster, and the Pride Festival of Central PA.


Memorial[2] Dedicated
Holocaust Memorial for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1994
PennDOT Workers' Memorial 2002
World War I Buddy Monument 1922
Women's World War I Memorial Unknown
POW-MIA Monument Unknown
Vietnam Veterans Monument 1986
Dr. Charles B. Fager Jr. Memorial (Principal of Harrisburg Technical High School) 1984
Firefighters' Memorial 1924
Submarine Veterans Memorial Unknown
Workers Memorial/AFL–CIO 1990
City Beautiful Movement 1991


  1. ^ Muller, Edward K. (November 2012). "Urban Blueways: John Ormsbee Simonds and Riverfront Planning". Journal of Planning History. 11 (4): 308–329. doi:10.1177/1538513212445163. ISSN 1538-5132. S2CID 146966925.
  2. ^ "Monuments and memorials in Harrisburg". pennlive. 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2021-06-25.