Exploring the Art Park
Riker Hill Art Park has had $1.2 million improvements that have enhanced the beauty of this park. The facades of the artists’ studios have been updated, directional, parking and building signage have been added. Sidewalks, curbing, stairs, and roadways have been improved ensuring the artists’ studios and the main exhibit building are handicap accessible. Come explore Riker Hill Art Park for its many additions and attractions:
Over 30 Artists' Studios in 5 buildings - These are private working studios and are not open to the public during the year except for classes. Twice a year, the buildings open their doors to the public to give demonstrations and showcase various works being created. During this time many artists offer artwork at greatly reduced rates.
Observation Deck - a designated scenic overlook site that includes message boards that tell the history of the former missile base and park. Come explore the highest point in Essex County with breathtaking views.
Community Garden - plots designed to allow many people in the community to garden, including those with disabilities. Gardening plots are available here.
Rainy day labyrinth - located right next to the Community Garden is a labyrinth located on a round cement turret. Visit during or just after rains. Made with hydrophobic sealant, it will eventually fade and disappear and will be available only until it is gone. Designed by Asha Ganpat
Riker Hill Fossil Site is a 16-acre paleontological site that is one of the major sites in United States where a large number of dinosaur tracks are preserved.
Stargazing at the park, an ideal place for gazing into the night sky and for astrophotography