The Woonasquatucket River Greenway Improvement Project will enhance a one-mile section of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway between Downtown and Eagle Square in the Providence’s Valley and Smith Hill neighborhoods. In addition to being a key focus of the Woonasquatucket Vision Plan and the WRWC, this project is a critical segment of the citywide Urban Trail Initiative. This one-mile off-road, shared use path will encourage economic development and provide:

  • Safe connection for walkers and bikers between downtown Providence and Eagle Square
  • Stronger connections between Downtown and the Smith Hill, Valley, and Olneyville neighborhoods
  • Enhanced urban/natural river interface
  • Lots more stormwater management
  • Increased public recreational use of the riverfront with the addition of
    • Parklets
    • Canoe/kayak launches
    • Public Art Spaces

With nearly $6 million in funding for design, engineering, and construction from the State Transportation Improvement Program and match from Providence’s Capital Improvement Fund, the Southeast New England Program and state Climate Resilience Funds, the WRWC/City of Providence partnership began initial public outreach and analysis of alternatives in Spring 2019. The project is expected to be constructed in 2021 and 2022.

Project Documents