Providence’s parks and recreation opportunities are essential components of a healthy, creative, and family-friendly city.
The City of Providence’s Department of Parks will coordinate a park and recreation system in which all residents have access to fully programmed, fully operational, and well-maintained parks, facilities and programs that meet both current and future parks and recreation needs. The City of Providence will ensure that all residents in every Providence neighborhood have access to a public park that is a safe and healthy community hub. This will provide a network of neighborhood-based parks spaces where all residents, particularly children and youth, are engaged,healthy, and feel safe. We will achieve this mission through robust neighborhood engagement with parks “Friends Groups” and city-wide support for parks programming and infrastructure that is as special and unique as the kids,adults, and staff who use the
Our Guiding Principles
We believe that Parks and Recreation services are essential to quality of life and promote health and connectivity in the community.
We believe that all Providence residents should have access to quality recreational opportunities and facilities.
We believe that all people, including residents and staff, should feel safe and welcome and appreciated in Parks and Recreation facilities and programs.
We believe that quality parks and recreation opportunities provide spaces where children are valued, supported, challenged, and enjoy growing up.
We believe that our parks will promote a variety of inspiring and creative experiences that include free and open play, team-building, and performing and visual arts.
We believe that quality parks and recreation opportunities are drivers of economic development and vitality in the community.
We believe that all Parks and Recreation Staff will provide prompt, courteous, and effective service, emphasizing problem solving, inclusivity, and creativity.
We believe that continual assessment/evaluation, adaption, innovation, partnering, and advocacy lead to sustainability of Parks and Recreation services and facilities and provide maximum public benefit.
We believe in promoting sustainability in Parks and Recreation through creative design and use of resources and materials (repurposing, recycling, and revitalizing). We believe that quality parks and recreation opportunities inspire people to live active and healthy lives and to push themselves to excel as individuals and as teams.
- 103 Neighborhood parks
- 12 Downtown parks
- 1 Roger Williams Park
- 1,400 acres
- 31 Ball-fields (Little League, Cal Ripken and Softball)
- 8 Soccer fields (adult and youth)
- 30 Basketball courts
- 19 Walking Tracks/Trails
- 2 Tennis courts
- 2 Handball courts
- A major waterfront park at India Point Park which includes a community sailing facility
- Natural Resource Conservation Areas at Blackstone Park and Neutaconkanut Park
- 60 Playgrounds,
- Canoe launches along the Woonasquatucket River, Providence River and RWP
- 1 Boat Launch at Gano Street Park
- 1 Providence River Walk, which hosts Waterfire
- 9 Community Gardens
- 2 Cemeteries
- 11 Buildings (5 in RWP)
- 4 Farmer’s Markets
- 3 Off Leash Dog Parks
- 4 Skateboard parks
- 1 Off-road bike park