DPPC Pushes for Federal Funding to Repair Waterplace Park and the River Walk
At the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, we know that a well-managed and well-maintained downtown park system is essential for the health of residents and the economic development of the city.
For this reason, DPPC submitted a proposal to the state’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to secure $3.8 Million in federal funding to repair Waterplace Park and the River Walk.
Built twenty-two years ago as a crowning achievement in Providence’s transformation, Waterplace Park and the River Walk now require significant repairs to walkways, bridges, docks, and lighting. Railings must be replaced, electricity re-routed, and numerous trip and fall hazards addressed. DPPC is committed to finding funding to fix these parks.
The TIP Process
The first stage of the funding process was a success with the City of Providence agreeing to include DPPC’s proposal in the list of projects it will advance to the State. DPPC spoke on the project’s behalf during a public hearing on January 11th. DPPC also advocated for other critical TIP projects that will benefit the downtown area including dredging the river and completing the intermodal transportation hub at the Amtrak station. Projects selected for TIP funding will be completed between 2017-2025.
In the meantime, DPPC will continue to seek other sources of funding to ensure these iconic downtown parks are safe and well maintained.