THE RIVERFRONT PARK

The Riverfront Park is nestled in the heart of Downtown Youngstown, but encompasses an identity all its own as the front door to the City of Youngstown. With uncharted frontiers, the Riverfront Park and The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre (located inside the park) has sustained the excited anticipation from the community with its promise of what its existence will give to the area.

Families enjoy plush, grassy knolls to picnic, downtown residents walk to summer concerts, art curators participate in festivals in their own backyard, and employees of downtown businesses jog or walk the well-appointed trails that circulate the park after work.

The Riverfront Park reflects the spirit of its urban setting while, at the same time, projecting the nature of community fellowship. It has pioneered Downtown Youngstown’s next steps in progression while embracing the beloved traditions native to this area we all call “home”. The Park has an identity that envelopes evolvement but appreciates tradition; its identity values revitalization but respects history.

Visit the Riverfront Park and its facilities to find out for yourself how this piece of land is changing the face of Youngstown.

More Park Information
Park Hours: Dawn until Dusk
Parking: A parking lot is available for the park just off Emily Alley near the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre

Community Engagement and Inclusion Coordinator

Derrick McDowell

Derrick McDowell

Community Engagement and Inclusion Coordinator

The focus of the Community Engagement and Inclusion Coordinator is to connect with the residents of Youngstown on a grassroots level. This will include gathering community feedback, creating sustainable programming and providing access to the facilities located in the riverfront park, including The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, and resources to host quality of life events and seasonal programming for residents of our great community. The Community Engagement and Inclusion Coordinator’s primary objectives will be to work directly with community groups, churches, neighborhood associations and downtown businesses to build relationships that results in the identification and production of program, projects and events that resonate with city residents.

About Derrick McDowell:
Derrick McDowell, born in Youngstown Oh and a graduate of Chaney High School, is a passionate creative, activist & entrepreneur. He channels his love for the citizens of Youngstown and his artistic abilities into all of his endeavors throughout this city. His projects include the development of the “We are a Generation” movement, which is a call to action for local communities, and the founding of The Youngstown Flea, which is an outdoor “Market for Makers” focused on acting as a micro-incubator, ecosystem and an economically sustainable platform for side hustles, small businesses and successful brands alike. Derrick is constantly looking for ways to provide value to the lives of everyone he encounters as is evident through his work and attitude. Derrick, whose personal motto is “action over everything,” prefers to focus on change through action and the measurable outcomes through which he believes dreams and goals are achieved.