Providence War Memorial Relocation

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The Providence War Memorial has been under construction for some time, but until recently it has been all work on the footings, we now see the memorial itself taking shape. Photos by Jef Nickerson This is a reconfiguration of the memorial that used to sit outside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center before renovation. When it was at the Dunk the panels …

One Empire Plaza Improvements

In Parks/Open Spaceby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

This is a little project I heard was coming, then forgot about, then walked right into yesterday and remembered. This is the small park that sits basically half a story above Empire Street at the intersection with Westminster. View Larger Map If one were to climb the stairs and go into the space, it is actually a nice little space. …

Explore North Burial Ground – July 28, 2009

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Photo from The North Main Street Project Explore North Burial Ground Enjoy an evening exploration of the historic and environmentally sensitive North Burial Ground with historian Robert O. Jones and ghost stories from writer, raconteur, and neighbor Mark Binder at a FREE public event hosted by the North Main Street Committee and the Summit Neighborhood Association on Tuesday, July 28 …

Providence Parks Survey

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The Mayor’s Office is asking residents to fill out a brief survey about their park usage: We will use this information as a basis for community meetings in the fall that will focus on merging the Parks Department and the Recreation Department to provide better open space and recreational programming to our residents. The survey is here.

Videos about New York’s High Line Park

In Parks/Open Spaceby Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Photo by joevare from Flickr Last week New York’s High Line Park opened to the public. Here’s a couple videos about the High Line, one from Wallpaper* Magazine: The other from New York Magazine: It would be wicked pissah to have something like this in Providence, right? Right. via Towleroad

Greater Kennedy Plaza season kick-off party June 4th

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From Greater Kennedy Plaza: Hello friends! Please join us as we kick off another season of exciting events here in Greater Kennedy Plaza! We’ve got a great line-up of daily programming — and to celebrate, we’re throwing a party! Thursday, June 4, 2009 5:00pm – 7:00pm Burnside Park in Greater Kennedy Plaza Relax after work with some great tunes, delicious …

West Side Neighborhood Cleanup (04/25)

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Photo by B. Sachs The WBNA is hosting a neighborhood cleanup tomorrow, April 25th starting at 8:30am at the Dexter Training Ground. After the cleanup, they will be hosting a cook out at their headquarters on Westminster Street at 1:00pm.

The Psychological Necessity of Urban Parks

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A little bee sent an article from The Boston Globe my way. Apparently recent studies have found that the population density of a city is directly related to it’s innovative capacity (which would explain Providence’s music, art, and tech scenes), but the same hussle and bustle of city living that brings us these intellectual prizes also seems to put a …

So cute it hurts my teeth: Baby giraffe

In Parks/Open Spaceby Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Oh. My. Maude. Look at this giraffe born at the Roger Williams Park Zoo last week. She. Is. So. CUTE! I want one! The as yet unnamed baby giraffe will be on display at the zoo in the Textron Elephant and Giraffe Pavilion according to a zoo press release. Zoo admission is free to Providence residents the first Saturday of …

Waterplace Park: APA Top 10 Public Space

In Parks/Open Spaceby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

The American Planning Association has named Waterplace Park one of their Top Ten Great Public Spaces for 2008. Waterplace Park is a good public space of course, and vital to the Renaissance of Providence, and it is great to get the national recognition. However, I for one feel it is still a work in progress and has a way to …

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Public meetings on Waterfront Park winning design

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Executive Office, City of Providence, Rhode Island DAVID N. CICILLINE, MAYOR Date: May 22nd, 2007 For Immediate Release Contact: Karen Southern, Press Secretary (401) 421-2489 x 752 PRESS RELEASE WINNING DESIGN FOR PROVIDENCE’S NEW WATERFRONT PARKS THE FOCUS OF TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS Mayor Cicilline invites the public to provide additional feedback as winning design moves closer to implementation PROVIDENCE …

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Graffiti Taskforce

In Parks/Open Spaceby Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Under the Exchange Street Bridge in Waterplace Park; Tuesday, March 27th, 2007. It’s that time of year again, it seems like every year around this time, Waterplace becomes covered in graffiti (as does much of the rest of the city). Last year at this time I contacted the Downtown Improvement District (DID) to see what their jurisdiction was over Waterplace. …

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Dexter Training Ground Park Cleanup – January 7, 2007

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Photo by B. Sachs [box style=”red”]Changed to Rain Date![/alert] Friends of Dexter Training Ground will be taking advantage of the warmer than average weather to have a cleanup of Dexter Park this Sunday @ 9am. Activities include litter pickup, graffiti cleanup, and possibly some painting”¦ Also to make note of anything that needs to be repaired so we can pass …