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.

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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April Partnership News 2015


The Parks Academy Workshops Series provides the basics for building and
strengthening the capacity of volunteer groups (Friends). The series offers both
organizational development and content based classes. With these fundamentals
in place, Friends are better positioned to bring sustainable programming and
resources to their parks. As part of this process, the groups grow and share
information and resources. Additionally, they are a great way to meet new people and learn about our city!

Due to low enrollment, the February 4th workshop, Accessing and Retaining Volunteers will be scheduled on an as needed basis. If you and your organization are interested in learning more about Serve Rhode Island and their resources for accessing, retaining and managing volunteers, please email wendy@providenceparks.org to arrange a group session.

Parks Academy 2015 Schedule

Registration. All classes are free.

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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!

 To see schedule for Parks Academy 2014

or register, click here


The Urban Refuge Workshop will be combined with the March 22nd 9-12 in Charlestown. Also, Community Gardening workshop will be held at SSCLT 109 Somerset Street, Providence
 2nd Annual Winter/Spring Parks Academy
January 28-May 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Partnership for Providence Parks presents its Parks Academy 2014, a wide variety of free workshops to provide technical assistance and support to those caring for Providence’s parks, treescapes, and green spaces. Workshops include:

  • Creating or Updating a Vision for your Park
  • Working with Volunteer Groups and Managing Service Projects
  • Using Social Media and the Web: What’s New and Relevant?
  • The Basics of Group Sustainability: Grant Writing, Fund Development, and Board Development
  • Fitness in your Park
  • From Darkness to Light
  • Planning and Promoting a Performing Arts and Play Event in Your Park
  • Community Gardens
  • Transform Your Vision Into An Action Plan
  • Promoting Play in your Park
  •  Urban Refuges
  • Oral Histories of our Public Spaces

Registration information and schedule are available at www.providenceparks.org.

 The Partnership is grateful to the many community partners who facilitate and host these workshops: Providence Parks Department, RISD, Providence Healthy Communities Office, Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Providence Children Museum, Greater Providence YMCA, East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, Providence College Annex, US Fish & Wildlife (RI Refuges), Serve Rhode Island, JOhnson And Wales University, The Rhode Island Foundation, Southside Community Land Trust, Friends of Corliss Park, Elmhurst Clean and Green, and more.  Thanks to the National Environment Education Fund, Capacity Building grants are available to Providence park groups who attend workshops to take and do an idea from the workshops.


The Partnership for Providence Parks is a new initiative of the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation. The Partnership is a city-wide public/private non-profit 501(c)3 geared toward helping residents and community partners help our parks be active, vibrant, healthy, playful and unique places.

To learn more about the Partnership, please visit www.ProvidenceParks.org.

Mini Pop up Play Resource Guide

September 7th, 2013 | Posted by wendynilsson in Workshops - (0 Comments)

New mini Pop up play resource guide from our friends at Pop up Adventure Play

Credit: Pop-Up Adventure Play

Credit: Pop-Up Adventure Play

Recent Workshops

Join a Pop-Up PLAY Day – a free public celebration of open-ended, child-directed play to kick off Playful Providence 2013!

Discover a Pop-Up Adventure Playground, an interesting assortment of everyday “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other open-ended materials. Kids will build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more!

Parks volunteers and others who are interested in children’s free play are invited to attend a training with play worker Morgan Leichter-Saxby of Pop-Up Adventure Play AND volunteer for a shift at the Pop-Up Play Day – rain or shine!

Friday, May 10 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Play training at Providence Children’s Museum

Saturday, May 11 | 12 – 5 PM
Pop-Up Play Day at India Point Park
Shifts are 11 AM – 3 PM or 2 – 6 PM

Click here to register for the training and event.

Priority will be given to parks groups and members of
Partnership for Providence Parks community partners.

The second annual Playful Providence is a 5-month citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s status as a Playful City, a recognition that honors cities and towns that make play a priority. 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), Pop-Up Adventure Play, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Friends of India Point Park and other partners.

If you are interested in another Spring Workshop, Click here:


Invasives powerpoint from Spring Parks Academy Workshop

April 5th, 2013 | Posted by wendynilsson in Workshops - (Comments Off on Invasives powerpoint from Spring Parks Academy Workshop)

We are so viagra grateful to Mary Dennis and Anna Browder for sharing their passion and expertise. Here is their presentation

“Invasives powerpoint”

Click here to view

(Mary shared these files using Dropbox. Enjoy!)

The Partnership is pleased to announce our Parks Academy. Read the description and then select the workshops you would like to attend. Please do a separate entry for each workshop.

Please note: We will be adding registration for the Pop -up Adventure Play Workshop for May 10th and 11th , and a workshop on planning and promoting summer events on May 15th a morning and evening workshop option will be available. Details soon.

Read the full schedule for Parks Academy Workshops Winter 2013

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