Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s Fifth Annual Earth Day Spring Cleaning 2017 was a huge success! Of course, we could not have held events at 54 sites throughout the city, planting 86 trees and spreading 96 cubic yards of wood chips, without the help of an estimated 2500 volunteers who came out despite the poor weather. Thank you to all the volunteers, friends groups, businesses, park crews, councilpeople, students, faculty, and the Mayor’s Office for showing up and becoming Earth Savers this year. The Partnership believes that this type of collaboration is at the heart of what makes our city, and our parks, great!

We want to show off all the hard work that was accomplished on Earth Day, so we are posting all the pictures you’ve sent to us as part of our 2017 Earth Day Spring Cleaning photo album on Facebook! Click on the link to view the album right now! Don’t see your photos? Oops! Keeping track of so much Earth Saving is hard work! Email any photos we missed to: and we’ll be happy to add them to the album!


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Thank You for all You Do!

The City of Providence, Providence Parks Department, and the Partnership for Providence Parks thanks all of our volunteers who participated in Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s 5th Annual Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning event! Be sure to show your Earth Day button after volunteering Saturday, April 22, 2017, and receive the following as an expression of our gratitude:

  • Free rides  to the Roger Williams Park registration site at the Boathouse from 8am – 4pm on April 22nd courtesy of UBER – use the code: PVDCLEAN for your free ride! (
  • Free RIPTA rides on April 22nd
  • Free admission to the Roger Williams Zoo on April 22nd and 23rd (please note that the zoo is collecting the buttons upon admission)
  • Free Admission to Roger Williams Park Museum of Natural History on April 22nd and 23rd
  • Free Admission to Roger Williams Park Botanical Center on April 22nd and 23rd during Fairy Garden Days
  • 10% off Flatbread Pizza Company on April 22nd
  • Free Small Coffee Seven Stars Bakery on April 22nd
  • Free Iced Tea/Lemonade The Duck and Bunny on April 22nd
  • 50% off Knead Donuts on April 22nd
  • Pizzeria Uno Dough Raiser! Up to 20% of checks value will be donated to the Partnership for Providence Parks April 22nd and 23rd for all food and drinks dine in and eat out. Free delivery for food orders $100 or more
  • Admission to Earth Day concert at Lupos Heartbreak Hotel for first 95 volunteers Saturday, April 29th with  Badfish – Sublime Tribute -Doors open at 7pm, show begins at 8pm

We hope to see you again next year! Save the Date: April 28th 2018!


Check out the official Facebook event page HERE!



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?

Play On,

Helene Miller
Director, Partnership for Providence Parks

You can read the full Newsletter HERE!

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.

PlayCorps InternPosition Description and Application (Applications are closed)

PlayCorps LeaderPosition Description and Application (Applications will close on Friday, May 20, 2016)

Visit 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.

WHEN: FRIDAY, February 19th, 2016 from 3:30 5:30PMWinterFireFinalEnglish
WHERE: Camden Avenue/Father Lennon Park
60 Camden Avenue (next to the Madelin Selim Rogers
Recreation Center)

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
USA, Inc.
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 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.

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 ( by January 31.

You can read the full newsletter here.

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Join a FREE day of open-ended play to welcome summer and kick off Playful Providence 2015 – a citywide celebration of play!

Create with an interesting assortment of everyday “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other open-ended materials. Build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more!

Blow bubbles, build fairy houses, create chalk art, and explore other playful activity stations.

Enjoy lively music: Miss Katie from playScience from 11 AM-12 PM, Joe’s Backyard Band from 12-2 PM and Dom LaColla from 2-3 PM.

And MUCH more!

Bring a picnic and play for awhile!

Other partners include Elmhurst Clean & Green/Friends of Fargnoli Park, and thank you to event supporters Capucine and Delsie Catering and Events.