Two Providence parks to get major upgrades

Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. (Photo: Gloria So/WPRI 12)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Tens of thousands of dollars in upgrades are on their way for two parks in Providence.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is giving the city three grants to enhance the city’s recreational options.

The first grant, worth $88,000, will go toward renovating the century-old bandstand at Roger Williams Park, including re-construction of the foundation and drum walls, carpentry renovations, painting and new railings.

The second grant, worth $68,000, will go toward new dugouts, water service, bleachers, storage and storm water management at the Roger Williams Park softball field used by the Juanita Sanchez High School softball team and others. City funds will match the grant.

The third grant, worth $46,500, also matched by city funds, will expand the Elmwood neighborhood park by 50 percent in coordination with the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park. Peace and Plenty Park will receive new trees, landscaping, benches, chess tables, public art and fencing.

“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,” said Mayor Taveras.

The state awarded the grants as part of 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.

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