Riverview Park is a 65-acre park overlooking the Mississippi River encompassing several features including a marina and restaurant, public boat ramps, Pickleball courts, sand volleyball courts, ball diamonds, Lubbers Fountain, swimming pool, picnic areas, playground, RV Park, bike path, Showboat theatre and baseball stadium.
Riverview Park is Clinton’s premier park located downtown on the Mississippi River. The park hosts many active uses, including the public marina and boat launch, Candlelight Inn, Showboat Theatre, Riverview Stadium/Ashford University Field, Discovery Trail, RV Campground, Rotary Playground, and the Riverview Bandshell. The following descriptions generally illustrate the facilities from north to south within the park.
Clinton Marina and Boat Launch
The marina stretches along the river shoreline along almost the entire length of Riverview Park. Located north of the flood gates at Joyce’s Slough, “A” Dock consists of 43 older slips. The remainder of “B” Dock and “C” Dock with a mix of 94 covered and uncovered slips. “C” Dock includes transient slips as well as a 65’x35’ party deck. A fuel dock, parking lot improvements, security gates, and a 4-lane boat launch with boarding decks were also constructed at that time.
The marina amenities building is located south of “C” Dock and includes showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, and a marina mart. The upper floor of the building is occupied by The Candlelight Inn, a full service restaurant. The City leases operation of both the marina and restaurant facilities. A marina maintenance service building is located at the far north end of the park, and offers repair services. Winter boat storage is provided in a fenced facility north of the boat launch.
The RV Campground 27 campsites, (2 ADA sites, camp host and 3 pull through’s reserved for 35’ and above) a pump out station, restroom addition, and new playground with poured-in-place safety surfacing. Each campsite includes a concrete pad, utility pedestal, picnic table and campfire ring with grill rack.
Between the RV Campground and 6th Avenue are two baseball diamonds used by Clinton Junior Baseball. The fields include electric scoreboards, a batting cage, and a concession building with attached restroom.
Riverview Stadium/NelsonCorp Field
Riverview Stadium is home to the Clinton LumberKings. The Clinton LumberKings Baseball Club maintain the baseball field and work together with the City of Clinton to keep the facility in excellent condition. The stadium hosts baseball games, concerts and other community functions. The stadium’ grandstand area – built in 1937 - features some of the best views for watching baseball anywhere. The facility’s amenities include a wide-open party area, an outfield party deck, a left-field picnic pavilion, and a children’s playground and fun area. The parking lots located adjacent to the stadium, and across 6th Avenue North have both been completely resurfaced and feature the latest in stormwater drainage to help prevent flooding in and around the facility. More information can be found on the LumbkerKings website.
Lubbers Fountain was constructed in 1934 as a memorial to J. Albert Lubbers, a prominent local businessman and member of the American Legion, Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce. The fountain is surrounded by a brick paver walkway and open space. Other nearby amenities include a large sculptural art piece by Mac Hornecker titled “River’s Edge” (2008) and the Sisters of St. Francis Peace Pole.
The Clinton Showboat Theatre features professional theater production on a restored paddle wheel boat. The boat was constructed in 1935, and was a working barge on the Ohio River. The City of Clinton purchased it in 1966 to provide a theater and focal point for Riverview Park. In 1988, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre (C.A.S.T.) was created as a non-profit group to run productions. Summer season included five Main Stage Productions, with a Children’s Theater on Saturdays. The Parks Department is responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the Showboat facility. www.clintonshowboat.org
The bandshell was originally constructed in 1985 and was renovated in 2014. The facility includes a stage, dressing room, and lighting. Several events are hosted during the summer months including Clinton Symphony Orchestra concerts, the 4th of July festival, Juneteenth, Finally Friday and Riverview Bacon and Brew Fest.
Clinton's Freedom Rock was painted by Bubba Sorensen and highlights area veterans. The Freedom Rock is located at 303 Riverview Drive on the south side of the Showboat Theatre on riverfront. The Freedom Rock was completed October 15, 2020.
National Fitness Campaign Workout Equipment
The City completed the National Fitness Campaign Workout Equipment project in June of 2019. The workout equipment is along the City's riverfront, near the marina. Residents and visitors can download the National Fitness Campaign app to have access to numerous workouts.
Pickleball and Sand Volleyball Courts
Just north of Rotary Playground are pickleball and sand volleyball courts. These courts can be rented:
- Riverview Pickleball Courts Rental: $50/hr. complex max $200 a day
- Riverview Sand Volleyball Courts Rental: $15/hr. complex max $50 a day
The Parks and Recreation Department also offers volleyball leagues:
- Summer Adult Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Leagues June through July – League Team Fee: $75 per team
- Summer High School Sand Volleyball Leagues on Tuesdays from June through August – League Team Fee: $75 per team - 4 V 4 Female (Max 6 Spots Per Roster)
The Riverview Pool serves the community from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends The original building was constructed in 1929 in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, and the facility features lap, wading and diving pool, including 3 slides and 2 diving boards. An adjacent splash pad area is located near a separate concession and restroom building.
The south end of Riverview Park is anchored with an active play area. Rotary Playground is an inclusive play facility designed to accommodate children of all abilities, funded entirely by the Clinton Rotary Club. The equipment includes a large structure, slide, zipline, toddler swings, two climbers, picnic shelter, and a modern restroom facility. The playground is in excellent condition with the exception of one wear spot in the safety surfacing at a climber, which needs repair.
In collaboration with Spohn Ranch Skatepark Designers of Los Angeles, Clinton’s Parks & Recreation Department has an updated skatepark ready for use in the summer of 2023. The track incorporates circular tracks, two rip tracks, and street-skate components and eliminated previous skatepark elements. This skatepark is intended to meet the goal of the master plan to offer more activities for the teens and tweens in the community. The ribbon cutting for the Skate Park was July 12, 2023
Located at the far southern end of Riverview Park, the Veterans Memorial sits on axis with the end of 5th Avenue South, providing a link between downtown and the riverfront. The memorial includes three flagpoles, with the base of the U.S. flag on a bronze sculpture featuring four soldiers. Two granite stones honoring Clinton County’s fallen soldiers of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam are placed on either side of the center flag in the plaza area.
A long segment of the Discovery Trail runs through Riverview Park along the top of the levee at the river. A trailhead is featured where the trail turns east to cross over the floodgates onto Joyce Island, and includes a kiosk, drinking fountain with dog bowl, identification plaques, tables, and benches. Tables and benches are also located at regular intervals along the trail for the entire riverfront. Three lighthouse structures constructed in 1935 by the WPA provide focal points that add to the character of the river shoreline, and a pier extends off the trail to provide access to the water.