Providence’s parks and recreation opportunities are essential components of a healthy, creative, and family-friendly city.
Providence is home to a network of 120 diverse and beautiful public parks. The City’s public spaces include city squares, athletic fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, conservation areas, walking/running tracks and trails, historic buildings and grounds, community gardens, boat docks, nontraditional recreation areas (including skateboard features and bike tracks), dog parks, cemeteries, an ice rink, and the flagship Roger Williams Park. The Providence Parks Department is proud to nurture and maintain these spaces, which provide the surrounding communities and visitors with unique and inspiring opportunities to play, relax, gather, and explore. In addition, the Forestry Division manages the city’s 28,000+ street trees, as well as the trees in City parks and on public property.
The Parks Department’s skilled and innovative team embraces best management practices in urban park care, maintenance, and management. The team includes highly skilled and creative in-house groups with mastery of park design, project management, and construction, as well as innovative education, fitness, meal service, and conservation programs.