Event Honors Community-Centered Legacy of the Fargnoli Family
Today Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Councilman David Salvatore joined staff from the Providence Parks Department, Friends of Fargnoli Park, and community members at Fargnoli Park in the Elmhurst Neighborhood to honor the legacy of the Fargnoli family and install a new playground. Neighbors were invited to participate in the event by helping to put the finishing touches on the playground prior to a community barbecue at noon.
“The installation of this new playground will honor the community-centered legacy of the Fargnoli family,” said Mayor Elorza. “It is a great community effort and will be another exciting enhancement for this beautiful neighborhood park.”
Fargnoli Park is a vital area for the local community to gather and play. Throughout the year, the City, Councilman Salvatore and the Friends of Fargnoli Park host events to encourage neighbors to connect to one another, and welcome families from throughout Providence to enjoy the park.
Councilman Salvatore stated, “Fargnoli Park is a place where neighbors become friends and childhood memories are made to last a lifetime. I’m proud of the improvements we’re making to our park, and I thank the Providence Parks Department and Friends of Fargnoli Park for their hard work and commitment to our neighborhood and public spaces.”
New Robinia wood structures will replace aging structures that were designed and installed by the community in 1995 in an effort led by Councilwoman Evelyn Fargnoli. The park was dedicated in 1982 in memory of her husband, Council President, Ralph Fargnoli. The Friends of Fargnoli Park worked closely with the Parks Department to include elements and a design that would be as well-loved as the original structures. The park also features a waterpark, concession stand, baseball field, 2-5 play area, and picnic amenities.
Councilwoman Fargnoli, who passed away this week, served the City of Providence from March of 1982 to January of 1999 and was the second woman to be elected to the Providence City Council. Prior to serving as the councilor for Ward 5, she served on various boards, commissions, and committees. In June of 1996 she became the first woman to hold the post of council president.
When building playgrounds, the Parks Department seeks to use natural and sustainable materials, and designs that encourage free and open play. Playground manufacturer, Kompan was selected to make the community’s vision a reality using their Organic Robinia line. Kompan notes that the elements are inspired by the organic shapes of nature itself and all the uniqueness of the winding Robinia wood
To learn more about Friends of Fargnoli Park or details for the event, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/friendsoffargnolipark/