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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Providence PlayCorps – a summer initiative to activate the city’s parks with free play and creative exploration in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program – celebrates its final week of the season with imaginative activities daily from Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

PlayCorps is a nationally recognized collaboration of the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum and the City of Providence’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Healthy Communities Office, with funding from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and a Health Equity Zone grant through the Rhode Island Department of Health.  On weekdays since July 6, teams of play facilitators have coordinated playful activities at seven parks in neighborhoods across Providence: Billy Taylor Park (Mount Hope), Bucklin Park (West End), Father Lennon/Camden Street Park (Smith Hill), General Street Park (Wanskuck), Harriet and Sayles Park (South Side), Wallace Street Park (Silver Lake)and Zuccolo/Pastore Park (Federal Hill), and as well as at 10 other city parks visited by the PlayCorps PlayMobile.

To celebrate the successful second summer of PlayCorps, the public is invited to join playful activities at each of these parks this week:

At Harriet and Sayles Park, the children and PlayCorps team are working on a giant puzzle, a handprint mural, maracas and decorations all week in preparation for a culminating carnival complete with obstacle course relay races, face painting and a dance party and parade on Friday.

At Wallace Street Park, kids will celebrate with a circus parade and a “fashion show” on Monday, displaying fashions they created from cardboard, fabric and other materials.  Wednesday is “bug day”; on Thursday afternoon, it’s a “play blitz,” including a wild waterslide; and on Friday PlayCorps kids will run through an obstacle course with rainbow ribbon finish line to celebrate an amazing summer.

At Father Lennon/Camden Avenue Park, kids will construct a giant waterslide on Wednesday, and make banners and noisemakers for a big parade on Friday.  At Bucklin Park, it’s the PlayCorps Olympics on Thursday and Friday.

On Tuesday, August 18, the PlayCorps PlayMobile will coordinate mural making, a talent show and closing ceremony at Donigian Park.  The PlayMobile also travels to Fargnoli Park on Wednesday, Billy Taylor Park on Thursday and Father Lennon/Camden Avenue Park on Friday.

All PlayCorps closing activities are free and open to the public.  For more information about PlayCorps, visit www.PlayCorps.org and follow PlayCorps on Facebook.

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After a successful pilot in 2014, Providence PlayCorps expands this summer!  An innovative collaboration between the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, and the City of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office and Department of Parks + Recreation, PlayCorps activates low-income neighborhood parks across the city with free play, art and creative exploration in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program.

Teams of trained play facilitators are a consistent presence at neighborhood parks throughout Providence.  They provide activities and materials to engage neighborhood children in physically active play, improving the overall safety of the parks while encouraging more children to take advantage of free, nutritious summer meals.  By working in neighborhood parks, PlayCorps fills the gap when school is out to ensure that Providence youth are active, safe and healthy over the summer.

From July 6 to August 21, Monday – Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, PlayCorps will coordinate play activities in these parks:10502233_10152284238892572_2224379106681123988_n

  •     Billy Taylor Park (Mt. Hope)
  •     Bucklin Park (West End)
  •     Father Lennon/Camden Street Park (Smith Hill)
  •     General Street Park (Wanskuck)
  •     Harriet & Sayles Park (South Side)
  •     Wallace Street Park (Silver Lake)
  •     Zuccolo/Pastore Park (Federal Hill)

In addition, play facilitators with the PlayCorps “Playmobile” will travel to other parks and events throughout the summer.

Join PlayCorps members for an exciting summer of play – build forts, blow bubbles, make art, make music, explore nature, make friends and SO much more!

For more information, visit www.PlayCorps.org, and follow PlayCorps on Facebook for updates and activity announcements.

PlayCorps is funded by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation, Healthy Communities Office, and Health Equity Zone grant through the Rhode Island Department of Health.

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.

April Partnership News 2015



Come out and earn your button at any of the listed parks this Earth Day! Buttons can be redeemed for any and all of the following items or experiences:

Free Admission to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Botanical Center, and Natural History Museum through May 31.

Free refills at Seven Stars Bakery if you bring a reusable cup – Hot or iced coffee the whole weekend long!

Get 15% off of your meal at the Providence Flatbread Company on April 25th and 26th!


Volunteers ride RIPTA for free throughout the weekend!!




PlayCorpsThe Partnership for Providence Parks is teaming up with the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office and Providence Children’s Museum for a second exciting summer of play in Providence parks. The Partnership is seeking energetic summer PlayCorps Leaders and Interns to facilitate and support creative and rewarding play experiences for Providence youth at parks across the city.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

PlayCorps LeadersApplications closed

PlayCorps Interns – Applications closed

Click here to learn more about Providence PlayCorps and its summer 2014 pilot program.

The Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, and City of Providence’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Healthy Communities Office are collaborating for another exciting summer of play in Providence parks. We seek an energetic individual to manage a program to provide creative and rewarding play experiences for Providence youth. To learn more about Providence PlayCorps visit: http://providenceparks.org/introducing-playcorps/.
Job description and application process:

Partnership News February 2015