Attention Park-Goers, Friend Groups, and All City Residents: The Partnership is getting Social!
Follow along in the new year as we roll out all-new social media initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join our Playful Parks People as we play in as many city parks as we can during our 100 Parks in 100 Days campaign! Where will we turn up next? Don’t miss out on any happenings in your local park—following us means following the fun!
Dear Park Friends,
The Partnership for Providence Parks (PPP) is filled with playful staff, playful parks and playful friends. We invite you to watch our Playful Parks People video for 2016 to see us all playing in our city’s vibrant parks. Playful Parks People will be playing once again in our city’s 113 parks in 2017. Will you be one of them?
You can read the full Newsletter HERE!
The 2016 Smaller Sights and Sounds seeks to engage the smaller or newer Park Friends Groups in transforming their neighborhood parks into community hubs for the arts, healthy living, and play. Additionally, families from across the city will be encouraged to sample a selection of activities at a different park each week.
This initiative will provide park groups and community partners with an opportunity to “test the waters”, without exceeding their group’s capacity.
All participants will receive technical assistance and support from the Partnership in areas of recruiting and managing volunteers, organizing and promoting events, and facilitating play.
The Partnership for Providence Parks is collaborating with the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office and Providence Children’s Museum for a third exciting summer of Providence PlayCorps in neighborhood parks across the city. PlayCorps is seeking energetic summer Play Leaders and Interns to facilitate and support creative and rewarding play experiences for Providence youth in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Visit www.PlayCorps.org to learn more about Providence PlayCorps.
Providence PlayCorps 2016 is supported by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office, a Health Equity Zone grant through the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, and the Rhode Island Foundation.
This year we have more than 45 different parks, schools, recreation centers and neighborhoods looking to you for help in cleaning up the trash, painting tables, benches and fences, removing graffiti, planting and weeding gardens, and spreading mulch.
You can choose which Park you want to volunteer at by visiting the Serve Rhode Island website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
All volunteers will be rewarded with snacks and beverages and an “I volunteered” button that gets you free rides on RIPTA, admission to the Zoo, Botanical Center and Natural History Museum all weekend, and free admission to the WBRU Earth Day concert Bad Fish on Friday 4/29 at Lupos.
We extended the deadline to March 15th for all mini-grant applications and to register your Earth Day event for inclusion in the greater Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning event happening on Saturday, April 23 from 9 AM to 12 PM.
Please take a moment to fill out our short application by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please contact Lesley at email@example.com.
Lets all try to make this Earth Day the biggest Spring Cleaning yet!!
Join community partners including the Friends of Camden Avenue Park, the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, the Partnership for Providence Parks and the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation. Celebrate winter and all of the beautiful and green park fixes recently made in the park and made possible by the generosity of the Robbins de Beaumont Foundation, the City of Providence and Green Circle Design.
Attendees of all ages will enjoy a campfire, roasted marshmallows, hot cocoa, provided by Delsie Catering, making fire themed art, a spectacular fire show by Circus Dynamics, and a playful winter obstacle course designed and programmed by Laid Back Fitness, which generously donated its design services and labor to offer an active winter playscape within the park. Other playful winter art will be on view, created by visual artist Olivia Sullivan. Winter Fire is free and open to all and is part of Playful Providence 2016. The event is made possible by a National Environmental Education Foundation Everyday Event Grant sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales
Friends of Camden Avenue Park is a Park Friends’ Group dedicated to creating a safe, healthy and creative community through the redevelopment of their park. To learn more about the Friends of Camden Ave Park, please contact Jean Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Playful Providence is a yearlong, citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s status as a
Playful City for the fourth consecutive year. This recognition from KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children, honors cities and towns that make play a priority. Playful Providence events held throughout the year engage kids and families across the city in play, plus draw attention to the important role that parks and community organizations have in making great places to play. Playful Providence is planned by the Partnership for Providence Parks in collaboration with Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence (Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Healthy Communities Office and Office of Sustainability) and East Side/ Mt. Hope YMCA, with support from other community partners.
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.
- 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 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.