Linear park being dedicated next Monday

George Redman Linear Park features a bike path and benches for walkers. (Pete Mangione, WPRI-TV)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The linear park and bike path named for longtime East Providence resident and environmental advocate George Redman will soon be officially dedicated for his memory.

The Department of Environmental Management set a date of Monday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. for the ceremony, which will feature Redman’s son Paul, Gov. Gina Raimondo, Providence and East Providence’s mayors, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation, East Coast Greenway Alliance and RI Bike representative Molly Henry, and DEM director Janet Coit.

The park of concrete and asphalt on the Washington Bridge includes an 11-foot bikeway — lanes for riders in each direction — with a separate seven-foot walking path and benches along the way, and a center plaza that includes rest areas, bike racks and history and information on local scenery.

Redman was instrumental in the creation of the East Bay bike path some 25 years ago. The path’s upgrades finished this year in a $21 million project are part of a broader effort to develop nearly 3,000 miles of contiguous path along the East Coast, the DEM said.

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