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.
- 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!
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.