Promoting Green Space and Public Health in Providence
The DPPC envisions a world-class waterfront park system that will improve the availability of connected green space throughout Downtown Providence.
Bolstered by a flagship park on land formerly occupied by Interstate 195, the proposed park system would consist of approximately 20 acres of public space including existing river walks and Greater Kennedy Plaza. New parks and open space will be connected by the waterfront and pedestrian walkways. Through Conservancy support, these spaces will become a positive place for civic engagement and recreation. The Downtown Parks System will attract visitors, residents, and business, fostering healthy communities and improving quality of life in Providence.
“80% of the success of a public space can be attributed to good management” Project for Public Spaces “Placemaking on the Providence Waterfront”
We envision a downtown parks system that connects communities through green spaces.
Jennifer Smith, Program Director for the DPPC, coordinates with the DID during the Burnside Music Series
The Downtown Parks Network
Our Vision for the Riverwalk
The DPPC advocates for the creation of a downtown park system that promotes a variety of activity and use. The Riverwalk is a perfect site for a flagship park in that it connects many neighborhoods and public spaces.
We envision an increase in the use of the downtown waterfront as a destination for recreation and tourism with seasonal, daily public programming:
- Music and cultural events
- Activities and amenities for families such as lawn games, crafts, and books
- Markets with local food and craft vendors
Also, improvements to public health through enhanced accessibility to green space with:
- A sculpture walk
- A fitness trail
Through advocacy, park management, and coaction with public and private partners, we’re excited to help shape the future of Providence public spaces.