Roger Williams Park Alliance
Providence, Rhode Island
Restoring an Iconic Urban Park
Roger Williams Park is Providence's largest area of public greenspace, and, at 435 acres, the largest urban park in Rhode Island. The Park features well-loved attractions such as the Roger Williams Park Zoo, a museum of natural history and planetarium, a Botanical Center, carousel, and swan boats; and historic landmarks such as the Temple to Music, Casino and Boat House.
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Center for Ecosystem Restoration
23 Brown Street, Suite 207
Wickford, RI 02852
Dedicated to the restoration of America's ecosystems and communities.
A Project of Earth Island Institute
The Park was developed in the late nineteenth century, designed by Horace Cleveland as a naturalistic landscape— not a wild place, but rather a carefully landscaped ideal of nature, much as Frederick Law Olmsted had done in Central Park. Roger Williams Park was intended to provide millworkers and other city dwellers with a refuge from the smoke and din of Providence's bustling factories—a place for families and people from all walks of life to enjoy for strolling, carriage rides, picnics, and skating, just a trolley-ride away from downtown Providence.
With support from the Providence Department of Parks & Recreation, CER is helping to establish an independent non-profit organization that will provide stewardship and advocacy for this iconic landscape. Thanks to the commitment of Providence Parks, we'll ensure that Roger Williams Park will continue to be a great destination for residents of Providence and people throughout the region, through its second century. More to come on this page—meanwhile, for more information, contact us directly.
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