4th Annual Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning – 2016 Mini-Grant and Event Application

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. The Providence Department of Parks & Recreation and The Partnership for Providence Parks are once again pleased to offer a small grants program to provide funds to help with your event for Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning 2016, on April 23rd. Additionally, we will supply: posters, trash bags, lawn and leaf bags, mulch, gloves, and buttons. Also, per popular request, we will be providing hearty snacks and beverages for your volunteers in lieu of a party on that day. Please let us know quantities you will need for snacks, supplies and buttons (good for some freebies and great deals throughout the city!) Once again, a student crew will be visiting each site to take short videos. Our aim is to put all of these together to create a short movie to showcase your efforts.

Click here to complete your application now.

  • Groups may apply for awards up to $150. We will base our decision for award amounts on scope of project/events. Awardees will be notified on or before March 14, 2015.
  • All events will be listed on a map on Serve RI and will include a description of the event, location, contact information and numbers of volunteers needed.
  • We ask that you encourage volunteers to bring their own lawn tools. The DPW tool bank will also be available for a limited number of lawn tools. Tools are distributed on a first come first serve basis starting April 19th. Please use the attached request form and work directly with the DPW for tool loans.
  • We are asking all awardees to post pictures and a short summary of their Earth Day event on the Partnership for Providence Parks Facebook or email them to us that weekend. We will have a brief survey for you to fill out so we know how to do things even better next year.
  • The event is rain or shine. There will be no Rain Date. In the event of heavy and sustained rain, you may choose to reschedule your event for the next day or following weekend. If your event includes projects involving the Parks Department, please consult with Wendy Nilsson (Wnilsson@providenceri.com) before making any decisions.
  • All supplies, food, beverages can be picked up at Recreation and Partnership Headquarters at 11 West Drive, Providence RI. You will be notified of dates and times when you can pick up your supplies when you are notified of the award.

What we will fund:                                                                                     What we won’t fund

  • Clean-up supplies                                                                                        Music and entertainment
  • Garden tools                                                                                                 Food
  • Plants and Trees
  • Activities for children related to the environment
  • Education and Conservation Activities

Please ask if you are not sure

Please complete the online application at http://goo.gl/forms/Z9UfkLVagS by March 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM

If you have any questions about the online registration, please contact Lesley Lambert at Lesley@providenceparks.org

By Mail: Partnership for Providence Parks, 11 West Drive, Providence, Rhode Island 02904

The Providence DPW Tool Bank Inventory Environmental Tool Loan Program will be available on March 1st. Please check back then if you need to borrow tools.

We are pleased to announce a great new line-up of workshops this year! There are several new workshops, including “Tool Box Talks” with the Parks’ Department Maintenance crews; Community Gardens’ Best Practices; New Mapping Portals For Our Parks; and What to Expect When Doing A Community Build In Your Park.

Providence Parks Academy-2016-Program provides a complete listing and description of each workshop.

To register for all workshops please click here and complete all required fields.

If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Lambert at Lesley@Providenceparks.org.

Earth Day Spring Cleaning at Roger Williams Park.

Dear Park Friends,

There is much to look forward to in our parks in this new year! Although the parks seem quiet in the winter, Partnership staff and our friends’ groups are indeed busy this whole season.
To begin with, the Partnership is now planning our Parks Academy 2016. We are excited to once again offer our informative workshops led by leaders and experts in the fields of play, playground design and maintenance, community gardens, volunteerism, events, outdoor fitness, social media and urban wildlife—all topics vital to the successful activation and use of city parks, green spaces and recreation centers. We are particularly pleased to announce our new topics including Community Builds with the Parks Department, Using our new park mapping program, playground safety inspections, and a new “best Practices” guide book to community gardens. As always, these workshops are free and open to all. Note that email registration will be available and posted on our website (www.providenceparks.org) by January 31.

You can read the full newsletter here.

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Winter PlayCorps!

December 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Lambert in Organization News - (0 Comments)


We hope your little ones can join us for a special Winter PlayCorps at General Street Park next week. The PlayCorps team will be there Monday through Wednesday providing free, unstructured play for children ages 6-14. We have creative and fun activities both outside in the park and inside the Art and Nature Room! Free lunch, snacks and beverage provided as well.

Please contact Yamilka for more information (401) 421-7740 ext. 5323


We would like to make one small correction to our October Newsletter. The General Street Park Project article failed to acknowledge Green Circle Design for their hard work and dedication to creating the beautiful Pollinator Garden around the Outdoor Classroom. We could not have made the garden so amazing without the help from Kate Lacuture, founder and head of Green Circle Design.

Click here for the October Newsletter

September 2015 Partnership Newsletter

August 2015 Partnership Newsletter

June Partnership Newsletter

July 2015 Partnership Newsletter

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded since their debut event. They have more than tripled their growth, hosting more than 300 events in 50+ countries!
Every Color Run event is partnered with a local non-profit organization or charity group in that city, to help give back to the community. Here in Providence, that organization is the Partnership for Providence Parks!
We are thrilled to be their partner, but we also need your help. Every Partnership volunteer who helps out—either before the race (signing people up) or day of (registration and set up)—will help support our fundraising goal of $8,000.
Please click here to sign up to volunteer. Volunteers will also receive a FREE bib to run in the race!
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