Providence wins grants to improve parks

Providence Parks + Recreation Wins Grants to Restore Recreation Facilities in City Parks

State-funded grants supplement City’s efforts to expand recreation opportunities in neighborhoods

– Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation today announced that the City has been awarded three grants from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to expand and restore recreational assets in neighborhood parks.

“We are moving forward to invest in the restoration of public spaces in Providence in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management,” said Mayor Taveras. “These projects will enhance public parks in our neighborhoods so that residents can take full advantage of all the recreation options the City has to offer.”

The grants will be used to supplement City funds for the following projects in Providence:

•    Roger Williams Park Bandstand: An $88,000 grant will support the City’s efforts to restore the Roger Williams Park Bandstand that is more than a century old. Improvements include re-construction of the foundation and drum walls, carpentry renovations, painting, and new railings.  

•    Roger Williams Park Softball Field:  A $68,000 grant will be matched by City funds to make enhancements to the field at Roger Williams Park used by the Juanita Sanchez High School softball team and other recreational teams. Planned improvements include new dugouts, water service, bleachers, storage and storm water management.

•    Expansion of Peace and Plenty Park: A $46,500 grant will be matched by City funds to expand the Elmwood neighborhood park in coordination with the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park. The park will be expanded by 50 percent. Peace and Plenty Park will receive new trees, landscaping, benches, chess tables, public art and fencing.

The grants were awarded as part a 2012 State Bond issue for parks and open spaces in Rhode Island. Fifty projects throughout the state received $6.3 million in open space recreational development matching grants at an awards ceremony at the Rhode Island Statehouse on May 15, 2014.