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Discovering Binghamton: Confluence Park

Recently, I started walking to get healthier. Since I don’t like doing stuff solo, I even have a walking buddy. Thanks Kathy!

We walk along Riverside Drive and surrounding blocks and I have learned quite a bit as we go. My latest discovery is Confluence Park. It is between the Riverside Drive bridge and the old Washington Street bridge. Oh, I learned that the Washington Street bridge is a walking bridge only these days.

Anyhow, let’s get back to the park. As we walked, there it was: Confluence Park. It is beautifully laid out with flowers, benches, plants and the perfect views to see the merging of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers. There is a bike/walking path around it that also leads to another discovery: the Chenango River Promenade.

We started to walk the Promenade, which is part of the Rail Trail. It’s a lovely look at the river area of the City. There were some interesting artifacts along the way, like the statue of a soldier that had been in the middle of Riverside Drive at one point and plaques honoring soldiers.

I have since done some investigating and found out that Confluence park is much used for professional pictures. I get that! To me, it should be used as a first date location.

My walk opened my eyes to the beauty you can find here if you stop and look past your routine. So, take some time to destress by heading over to Confluence Park.


Lee Ann Taylor


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