Ellis-Porter Riverside Park

Fun for Everyone

Take in the scenery and excitement of Ellis-Porter Riverside Park. Named after Arthur W. Ellis, a former Mayor, and Ben C. Porter, a former director of Parks and Recreation, this 60-acre park has something for everyone.

  • Swimming Pool
  • Amphitheater
  • Handball and Racquetball Courts
  • Optimist Sports Complex

Riverside Amphitheater

Riverside Amphitheater will debut its new look just in time for the 2021 outdoor concert season. This re-designed open-air space features a modern stage and backdrop, stadium seating for 500 people up close, and room for nearly 2,000 visitors in the open lawn area.

Bring the kids to their first musical or turn up the nostalgia with your favorite cover band. No matter your taste, there’s a show for you!

Want to see who’s playing? Stay tuned for the official Riverside Amphitheater site, launching soon!

Optimist Sports Complex

Optimist Sports Complex is your home base for youth baseball, softball, and flag football! With three diamonds, two football fields, bleacher seating, and concessions it’s the perfect spot for practices, games, and tournaments.

Swimming Pool

Make a splash as Ellis-Porter Riverside pool! From the drop-down slide and climbing wall to the shallow play features, your family has a variety of ways to beat the summer heat.

Learn more about our pool features and pricing, today!

Outdoor Pavilion

Host a birthday bash or catch up at your class reunion. The outdoor pavilion at Ellis-Porter Riverside Park, adjacent to the Missouri River overlook, has a 280-person capacity, two large barbecue grills, restrooms and a serving kitchen!

Want to learn more about reserving this space?

Riverside Overlook

Just beyond the pavilion, you will find the Ellis-Porter Riverside Overlook!  From here you can see the Missouri River, framed by trees that turn brilliant shades of orange come fall.  You’ll also find a kiosk that tells the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which passed this location on June 4, 1804.  

Botanical Gardens

The Jefferson City Master Gardener’s club is adding even more beauty to Riverside Park! Spring 2021 will bring lush gardens with native and exotic plantings located atop the hill beyond the amphitheater – The perfect spot for a stroll or family photos!

More Ways to Play

Ellis Porter-Riverside Park is also home to these free and fun amenities!

  • 13 Covered Picnic Units 
  • Four Triple-walled Handball/Racquetball Courts
  • Playground: Updated play structures and rubberized tile ground cover
  • Basketball Court