Riverside park


Riverside Park,
Woodmill Lane,
Bitterne Park,
SO18 2JJ.


Riverside Park is a 32 hectare site located along the River Itchen and includes:

  • Children’s play area – Woodmill Lane, Cobden Meadows
  • Toilets 
  • Cycle training track
  • Skatepark
  • Tennis courts 
  • Sports pitches
  • Café 
  • Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre 
  • Managed for wildlife 
  • Friends group 
  • Car parking

Riverside Park is a 32 hectare site located along the River Itchen and includes six football pitches, two cricket pitches, a tennis court, skate park and three play areas. The Southampton and District Society of Model Engineers run a miniature railway open to the public on Sunday afternoons during the summer months.

Take a leisurely walk along the River Itchen a chalk river designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Recognised internationally as an important habitat for wildlife such as salmon, water voles, kingfishers, dragonflies and otters. The non tidal section of the river supports a variety of freshwater fish, including dace, roach and the migratory salmon and sea trout. Continuing along the river gives views onto the conservation areas on the other side where unusual species make their home including kingfisher, water vole, otter, various warblers and sometimes even cuckoo.

The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project is a Heritage Lottery project managed by the Wildlife Trust preserving an internationally important chalk river system for future generations. They have produced a range of leaflets on walks along the Itchen Navigation from Riverside Park to Winchester. Bargeman's Walk, Mansbridge is a two mile circular walk starting and ending at Woodmill. Visit the Itchen Navigation project website (opens in a new window or tab) for more details.

Park Friends Groups
Working in partnership with Groundwork South, we encourage and support voluntary park friends groups that are keen to be involved in the maintenance and development of their local park.

Changes to the River Itchen at Riverside Park- Public Consultation

Groundwork South would like to invite you to take part in a public consultation concerning changes to the River Itchen at Riverside Park.

Following a structural survey of the sluice gate near Woodmill, it has been identified that vital improvement works need to take place.Rather than simply replacing the structure, the Environment Agency are keen to explore all potential opportunities to develop a solution that both tackles the sluice gate challenge, increases the recreational value of the area and improves the biodiversity value of the Itchen and Riverside Park.

The consultation is to be split into 2 phases, with Phase 1 looking to capture peoples thoughts and opinions on various concept ideas and Phase 2 looking to build upon this feedback and propose more detailed options. Phase 1 of the consultation has just launched and it’s a great time to get involved in the project and have your say on shaping the future improvements. 

Visit the Groundwork South website for all of the information including the concept options.