Riverside Bicentennial Park is located at 36 Riverside Drive along the banks of the Presque Isle Stream, within easy walking distance of the downtown business district. This area consists of approximately 4.4 acres of developed park space, plus approximately 9.5 acres of partially developed land on what is known as “Bishop’s Island.”
The park was constructed through the cooperative efforts of numerous local, state, and federal agencies and was intended to be under construction in 1976, to coincide with the Bicentennial Celebration; however, regulatory delays, heavy rains, and the reconstruction of the State Street bridge forced a delay in the completion of the project until the spring of 1980.
Much of the park has scheduled activities such as youth soccer, special events, group meetings and rentals. The park consists of a lighted multi-use area and a 30’ by 90’ support building. The building contains restrooms, a meeting room, as well as a garage and shop area. The meeting room is availabe to reserve for events such as birthday parties, baby showers and club meeting by contacting the center office at 764-2545. Also contained in the park is a play area with playground equipment, picnic tables, and a hexagonal-shaped covered shelter. There are covered rest benches, a swing bench, a shuffleboard court and a boat ramp to access the stream. The areas are enclosed with a rustic rail fence. The City’s Bike-Walk Path connects the Park with other areas of the City. Also included in the Park is an arboretum, which contains more than twenty different species of trees; this educational project was undertaken jointly by the City, the Star City Arbor Council, and the Maine Forest Service. The parking lot holds 45 vehicles.