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Our Plans & Accomplishments on the Greenway

The Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project is recognized as a model community revitalization effort that will continue Providence’s rediscovery of its rivers and natural resources, channeling development into some of the more disadvantaged areas of the city.

  • Four parks (Donigian, Merino, Dyerville (now Buttonhole Golf Course), and Riverside) along the Greenway have been renovated and reopened.
  • Phase II of the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path has been completed. This is Providence's first off-road bike path!
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project and the State of Rhode Island as a Brownfields Showcase Community.
  • The Woonasquatucket River was designated in 1998 as an American Heritage River, one of only 14 in the country. The Greenway Project was instrumental in organizing a coalition of watershed communities to work for this designation. This coalition is what became the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council.
  • The Woonasquatucket River Watershed has been designated a pilot watershed project by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Riders on the bike path in Johnston.

The Greenway includes 5.7 miles of paths and green spaces stretching from the Johnston to Waterplace Park in downtown Providence. The Greenway will promote economic reinvestment in the neighborhoods and on the Brownfields while developing recreational and environmental education opportunities along the river. Community plans include continued programming in Donigian, Merino and Riverside Parks, as well as at Buttonhole Golf Course. These anchor parks provide a destination for residents who enjoy the Greenway.

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