Introducing PlayCorps

June 27th, 2014 | Posted by meganfischer in Organization News - (0 Comments)

PlayCorpsPlayCorps is an innovative collaboration between the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, The City of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office and Providence Children’s Museum. PlayCorps activates Providence parks with free play, art, creative exploration and a nutritious meal through the federal summer meal program.  By working in neighborhood parks, PlayCorps fills the gap when school is out to ensure that Providence youth are active, safe, and well fed during the summer thus promoting a healthy lifestyle for our urban youth.

From June 30 to August 14, teams of play facilitators will be stationed in five Providence parks to coordinate free play-based activities on weekdays from 11 AM to 2 PM:

  •     Bucklin Park (West End)
  •     Father Lennon/Camden Street Park (Smith Hill)
  •     General Street Park (Wanskuck)
  •     Harriet and Sayles Park (South Side)
  •     Zuccolo/Pastore Park (Federal Hill)

Join PlayCorps members to kick off a summer of play and build forts, blow bubbles, make art, make music, explore nature, make friends and SO much more!

For updates and activity announcements, follow PlayCorps on Facebook and Twitter.

Join a free day of open-ended play to kick off Playful Providence 2014 – a third-annual 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!

Explore other playful activity stations like bubble play, instrument making and MUCH more!

Enjoy lively music! Hear Noodle and Moose from 11 AM-12 PM, Joe’s Backyard Band from 12-2 PM, and Extraordinary Rendition Band from 2-3 PM.

Special appearances by HERE I SEE Lego installation by DownCity Design, O-Rings by Increment Studios, and (Playful) Wind Wishes by Vanessa Star.

Bring a picnic and play for awhile!


Partnership News

Hi residents of the Manton area!

My name is Toye, and I’m working with the Partnership for Providence Parks and Friends of Viscolosi Park to survey neighborhood residents about Viscolosi Park. Parks are a vital part of any city. They help residents build a sense of community unique to the neighborhood.

We want to get an idea of how residents use the park so we can better shape it to meet the needs of the community for generations to come. This survey should take at most 15 minutes to complete and the responses we get will possibly shape the future of the park! The survey closes on Thursday, April 17 at 6:00pm.

If you would like to complete the survey, just visit this link:

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

Deadline, May 21st

PlayCorps InternPosition Description and Application

March 2014 News

February Partnership News

February 5th, 2014 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (Comments Off on February Partnership News)

Website: Program: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) supports volunteer driven community groups working at the local level in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. NEGEF interprets the word ‘environment’ broadly and will provide funding for a wide range of activities. Whole systems-thinking is critical to initiatives focused on making our environment better, healthier and more sustainable. NEGEF Seed and Grow grants are intended to support community groups who represent the most exciting energy in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders Contact: Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. You may also call NEGEF staff at 802-223-4622 Deadlines: Seed grants are quick project-focused grants dedicated to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s).The Seed grant program offers grants up top $1,000 and has rolling application deadlines. Grow grants are competitive group development grants dedicated to help established groups increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.Grow grants range from $1,000-$3,500. The Grow grant program has two application deadlines annually, March 15th and September 15th.

Providence Neighborhood Planting Program

Fall 2013 Planting Schedule

The rain date for fall 2013 is Saturday November 2. Plantings will be postponed to this date in extreme weather conditions (Torrential rain, heavy wind, and/or lightning) only.

Please meet at the site noted for a planting demonstration before planting any trees.

Saturday October 5

8 am meet at 522 Pleasant Valley Parkway for Elmhurst Neighborhood Planting

10 am meet at 680 Admiral Street for Elmhurst Neighborhood Planting

12:45 pm meet at 539 Smith Street for Smith Hill Neighborhood Planting

Saturday October 19

8:15am meet at 58 Whitehall St for Silver Lake Neighborhood Planting

9:45am meet at 201 Princeton Ave for West End Neighborhood Planting

11am meet at 30 Adelaide Ave for Elmwood Neighborhood Planting (simultaneous planting)

11am meet at 171 Reservoir on Crescent for Reservoir Neighborhood Planting (simultaneous planting)

1:30pm meet at the ball field on Alger Ave for South Elmwood Neighborhood Planting

Tuesday October 22

9 am Westminster St and Service Road Planting sponsored by TD Bank and

Alliance for Community Trees

Thursday October 24

10,000th tree planting at Sackett Street School sponsored by National Grid

9am begin planting trees along Sackett Street between Melrose and Hamilton

10:35 am Speaking program

11 am Ceremonial planting of 10,000th tree

Saturday October 26

9 am meet at 13 Florence St for Olneyville Community Garden and William D’abate School Garden Planting

10:45 am meet at 1 Greco Lane for Olneyville Neighborhood Planting

Saturday November 2 Foul weather date


Liz Downing, Director

Providence Neighborhood Planting Program

PO Box 603235

Providence, RI 02906