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→ Brown Daily Herald: Construction changes plans for park on Providence River

Seven years after initial plans were drafted to develop a park along the west waterfront of the Providence River, recent construction in the Jewelry District — including several University buildings — has altered those design plans. The new park will offer a grassy space with access to the river and outdoor programming that will strengthen connections between College Hill and downtown Providence.

The biggest change the commission made to the park plans was selecting a “parcel” from the initial allotment to offer for commercial development, [Bonnie] Nickerson [director of long-range planning for Providence] said.

The commission hopes to see the park ready for construction by summer 2014 and open to the public within 18 months, in late 2015, Nickerson said.

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cityWALK

cityWALK is an initiative to encourage, promote, cajole, wheedle, drive and, ultimately ensure a pedestrian- and bike-friendly path through the new development area under the old I-195. As the planning and discussing go on, it has developed into a well thought-out plan that links Fox Point across the Pedestrian Bridge through the Jewelry District over I-95 and on via Elmwood to Roger Williams Park.

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Download and read the cityWALK (.pdf (1.4 MB)) plan.

Thoughts? The City has a similar concept in mind utilizing Friendship Street rather than Clifford Street and perhaps making it’s way to Prairie Avenue to reach CCRI and the Hosptials. The City plan does not plan the system all the way from Roger Williams Park to India Point Park.

This would be a very thin linear greenway, in many areas simply a wide sidewalk with trees. What types of interventions and amenities would be good to go with a system like this?

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