Community Updates

News and updates about Providence Innovation District Park

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Call for Curators and Programming

I-195 Redevelopment District is seeking proposals from curators, event organizers, and those interested in community programming for Providence Innovation District Park’s 2023 events season (April 2023 - March 2024). To learn more about this opportunity and to download an application visit here.

Seawall and Riverwalk Extension

Wexford Science and Technology, in partnership with the I-195 Redevelopment District and Rhode Island Energy commenced construction to connect the existing Riverwalk through the Park to the Point Street Bridge. Temporary fencing will remain up in a small area within the Park until the project concludes.

Food and Beverage Pavilion

The Innovation District Park’s Food & Beverage Pavilion (Pavilion) is a proposed approximately 4,000 SF amenity featuring year-round dining, public bathrooms, and a small support space for park operations. The Pavilion is intended to activate the park year-round, serve as an amenity for park users and the surrounding community, and support the Innovation District’s economic development goals.

Preliminary Timeline:

Early 2022: architect selection
Summer 2022: restaurant operator outreach and selection
Spring – Fall 2022: design & community engagement
Spring 2023: Break ground
Early 2024: Pavilion opening 

For more information on the Park Pavilion visit here.

Beer Garden

The Guild PVD Beer Garden has closed for the Winter.  The Beer Garden is expected to re-open Spring, 2023.

Ice Cream

Tizzy K's Cereal Ice Cream has closed operations for the season. The store is located in the park next to the pedestrian bridge along South Water street. Future hours of operation and the Spring re-opening date will be found on their website

Previous Updates:

Landscaping Improvements
Work to add additional trees and plantings to the Park concluded in June. 

Peck Street Construction: The Peck Street completion construction project has concluded (the road adjacent to the west side of the park behind 200 Dyer Street). Fencing along Peck Street and the west side of the park has been removed.

Accessibility Upgrades: Construction to improve accessibility and comply with the American Disabilities Act along the Riverwalk pathways adjacent to the Pedestrian Bridge completed in the Winter of 2021. The pathway running along the Riverwalk underneath the pedestrian bridge is now open and accessible to the public.

Lawn Restoration: In Summer 2021 RIDOT completed work re-seeding the lawns on the west side of the park. In September 2021 RIDOT further re-seeded select areas in the lawn that require more germination. In the Spring of 2022 at the beginning of the planting season, The District also recently re-seeded the lawn where the Guild Beer Garden is located prior to the May 2022 opening date.

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