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ProJo: Wider Washington Bridge bike path across Seekonk River to open in November

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An 11-foot-wide bike lane, yet to be paved, runs the length of the bridge from East Providence to Providence. Alongside it, but separate, is a partially poured, stamped-concrete 7-foot-wide path for walkers. At the center and widest part of the span, a small park is taking shape with expansive water views.

In the summer of 2012, the Department of Transportation closed the span — along with its narrow and harrowing path for bikers and walkers — to begin the $21.8-million “linear park” project. More than two years later, it’s expected to reopen, largely on schedule, in November.

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2014 Providence 4th of July Celebration – Fireworks and Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra at India Point Park

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The City of Providence has postponed the Independence Day Celebration to July 5th due to weather threat from Hurricane Arthur.

The City of Providence will be celebrating the 4th again this year with fireworks and a performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra at India Point Park. Detail from the City:


Mayor Taveras Invites Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra performance and fireworks display highlight BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Tourism Council will host the BankRI Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 4 at India Point Park.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra will provide entertainment during the celebration, which will be followed by a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. A rain date of July 5, 2014 has been set.

“The BankRI Independence Day Celebration is a highlight of the summer season in our Capital City,” said Mayor Taveras. “I look forward to joining families from across Providence and Rhode Island at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July with a free concert from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and our signature fireworks display.”

Additional sponsors of the celebration include the Department of Parks and Recreation, Lite Rock 105, the Providence Federation of Musicians, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and Narragansett Beer.

“We are pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the BankRI Independence Day Celebration, which brings the community together for one of our country’s most important holidays,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. “Our involvement in this family event represents the Bank’s commitment to giving back to the communities we serve.”

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra is led by Conductor Francisco Noya, a well-known figure in the New England music scene. He served as Music Director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston for 12 seasons and is a prominent member of the Conducting Faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As Resident Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Noya conducts the education concerts, POPS-PHIL-PPAC concerts, and Summer Pops concerts.

“The musicians of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Providence Federation of Musicians believe in free public concerts for the people of Rhode Island, and have helped make this program possible by reducing performer’s fees 33% for this performance. They are honored to be a part of Providence’s July 4th Celebration,” said Philharmonic Executive Director David J. Beauchesne.

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Providence 4th of July 2013 festival and fireworks at India Point Park

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The City has announced plans for this year’s Fourth of July celebration at India Point Park. See the bottom of the post for information about traffic restrictions and heightened security measures.


Mayor Taveras Invites Providence Residents To Celebrate Fourth of July

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra performance and fireworks display highlight BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

FireworksPROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism will host the BankRI Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 at India Point Park.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra will provide entertainment during the celebration, which will be followed by a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. A rain date of July 5 has been set.

“I look forward to the Fourth of July every summer and I am excited to join BankRI to host this important celebration of our liberty and freedom. I invite residents from across Providence and all of Rhode Island to join me at India Point Park as we celebrate with fireworks and a free concert from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra,” said Mayor Taveras.

Additional sponsors of the celebration include Lite Rock 105, the Providence Tourism Council, the Providence Federation of Musicians, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation.

“The Fourth of July is a holiday rich in tradition that so many in our community look forward to. We’re proud to continue our support of the BankRI Independence Day Celebration,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. “In addition to the event’s signature fireworks display, there are activities and entertainment for people of all ages.”

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Pop-Up Play Day! – May 11, 2013

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Photo: Pop-Up Adventure Play

Pop-Up Play Day!

Saturday, May 11 | India Point Park

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence’s first Pop-Up Play Day takes place at India Point Park on Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 5 PM, presented by the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence, Kidoinfo and other partners.

The event is a free public celebration of child-directed free play that kicks off Playful Providence 2013 – a citywide celebration of play. It will feature a Pop-Up Adventure Playground – an interesting assortment of everyday “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other open-ended materials, with which kids and families can build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more. The celebration also includes playful activity stations like weaving, wood working and instrument making, plus lively music and a short speaking program at 3:30 PM, featuring Mayor Angel Taveras and Janice O’Donnell, executive director, Providence Children’s Museum.

Playful Providence and Pop-Up Play Day are planned to highlight the critical importance of children’s unstructured, self-directed play for their healthy development. Research shows that play is essential for social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth, yet kids’ time and opportunities for play are increasingly limited.

The second annual Playful Providence is a 5-month citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s status as a Playful City. This recognition from KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children, honors cities and towns that make play a priority. The celebration has expanded from 2012, which featured 32 play events presented by 35 park groups and community partners and enjoyed by 1,800 participants over a single weekend.

Playful Providence events held from May through September 2013 will engage kids and families across the city in play, plus promote the Partnership for Providence Parks and draw attention to the important role that volunteer parks groups and community partners have in making great places to play. To learn more about the Partnership for Providence Parks and for announcements of other events, visit ProvidenceParks.org.

Pop-Up Play Day and Playful Providence 2013 are 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) Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Friends of India Point Park and other partners.

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RIDOT announces start of work on Washington Bridge Linear Park

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Rendering of the Washington Bridge Linear Park. From RIDOT.

RIDOT is prepared to start work on the long awaited Washington Bridge Linear Park. The park is set to be built on remaining sections of the old Washington Bridge and will connect pedestrians and cyclists from Providence’s India Point Park to the East Bay Bike Path in East Providence.

As a result of work, the current passage over the bridge will be closed starting Monday, July 19th. RIDOT recommends recreational users of the East Bay Bike Path head to park in East Providence. Others are urged to use RIPTA to get to/from East Providence. RIDOT recommends that only “experienced cyclists” use the Henderson Bridge to cross the Seekonk River. Says a lot about RIDOT’s bikelanes on that bridge, don’t you think?

Full information about detours and closures can be found on RIDOT’s website.

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Providence 4th of July 2012 festival and fireworks at India Point Park

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Find details about 4th of July 2014 events here.

The City of Providence will be celebrating the 4th of July again this year with a festival and fireworks at India Point Park. See more information below including the traffic plan and a reminder that no fireworks or sparklers will be allowed in the park.

Mayor Taveras Invites Providence Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and Miss USA Olivia Culpo to perform at BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism will host the BankRI Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4 at India Point Park.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and Miss USA Olivia Culpo – a Rhode Island native – will provide entertainment during the celebration and prior to the Fourth of July fireworks display. Other sponsors of the celebration include the Department of Parks and Recreation, Lite Rock 105 and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. The rain date is July 5, 2012.

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India Point Park Series, August 20 & 27

Saturday, August 20 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, August 27 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
India Point Park

Update 08/25: The Event scheduled for Saturday, August 27th has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irene.

Park SeriesPARK SERIES is Providence’s only Waterfront DJ & Electronic Music Series! Last 2 Saturdays in August, August 20 & 27th! Bring a blanket or a boat and enjoy the hottest DJs, DubStep and Street Marching Bands in the newly designed India Point Park.

August 20th Catch The Get Lively Experiment, Thirsty Sounds and D.V.S from Brooklyn!!

August 27th headlined by the phenom DJ Duo Micah Jackson!!

The “Celebrate Providence!” Neighborhood Performing Arts Series is presented and sponsored by the City of Providence, Angel Taveras, Mayor, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.

Park Series is presented in partnership with BetterProvidence. Sound and lighting by Miami River Productions. Beer by Trinity Brewhouse. Event Production by The Get Lively Experiment and Thirsty productions.

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Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean ROV Submarine Demo at Community Boating Center, July 7

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Community Boating Center Partners with Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean for ROV Submarine Demo

July 7, 2011 • 6pm-8pm

Providence, RI – The Community Boating Center (CBC) has announced that it will host a public ROV submarine demo program run by the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean on 7/7/11, 6-8 pm, at CBC in India Point Park, Providence.

The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is dedicated to finding and removing trash and marine debris from the ocean and working with waterfront groups, municipalities, non-profits, individuals, sailing centers, yacht clubs and people who want to protect the water to get cleaning and spread the word about marine debris, it’s prevention and how to be part of the solution.

The Rozalia team will be in Providence to spread the word, look for and clean up trash and demonstrate how their equipment works. Join Rozalia and Community Boating Center in Providence on 7/07 from 6-8 pm to learn about marine debris and how it affects the Providence River. This live demo will allow participants to observe the ROV and sonar flying around the river bottom.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director, Community Boating Center commented “The Rozalia Project is a must-see experience. Similar to viewing a great movie or performance, its over before you are ready for it to be. The Rozalia team has an energy and welcoming presence that when combined with captivating technology like an ROV submersible or side-scan sonar produces a sure-bet winner of a program.”

Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is a non-profit organization run by Rachael Z. Miller and James Lyne, both sailors who live (when not cleaning the ocean) in Vermont. Rozalia Project’s mothership is American Promise, Dodge Morgan’s famed circumnavigator, past sail training vessel for the US Naval Academy and now an ocean trash hunter. In addition to nets Rozalia uses a combination of ROV and sonar to search the sea floor for trash and debris. They are dedicated to clean oceans everywhere but are operating on the Northeast coast of the US in various public demo projects.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

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Providence 4th of July 2011 festival and fireworks at India Point Park

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Providence 4th of July Fireworks at India Point Park

Providence is gearing up for another 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at India Point Park.

First, on July 1st see the The United States Airforce Band at the Skating Center in Kennedy Plaza:

July 1, 7pm – Skating Center – Free
The United States Airforce Band of Liberty brings its musical message of pride, patriotism and professionalism to kick off the City’s Independence Weekend Celebration.

Then Monday, its time for fireworks!

July 4, 7:30pm – India Point Park – Free
The RI Philharmonic Pops take the stage to perform patriotic standards followed by the state’s most spectacular fireworks display (9pm) to close out the BankRI Independence Day Celebration

The BankRI Independence Day Celebration is presented by the City of Providence and sponsored by Bank RI, Department of Art Culture + Tourism, Department of Parks & Recreation, Lite Rock 105, RI Monthly and Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Park Series starts tonight

PARK SERIES is Providence’s FREE Waterfront Music Series in the newly designed India Point Park!

This event is part of the “Celebrate Providence!” Neighborhood Performing Arts Series and is presented and sponsored by the City of Providence, David N. Cicilline, Mayor, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the Parks Department and Friends of India Point Park.

Bring your dancing shoes, a blanket or a boat and enjoy a cold beer tent and the hottest House, New Orleans Bounce & Dubstep DJs as well as Live Bands in India Point Park!!

Thursdays August 12th, 19th & 26th 5-10pm
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Who Is Playing?
Micah Jackson (Aug 26th)
DJ Full Frequency (Aug 26th)
Extraordinary Rendition Band (Street Marching Band) (Aug 26th)
Raw Lip (Aug 19th)
Riff Parade (Aug 19th)
DJ Bees Knees (New Orleans Bounce) (Aug 19th)
Thirsty Sounds (Aug 12, 19 & 26)
DJ Lively Experiment (Aug 12, 19 & 26)

What else is Going On?

  • A Providence Food Truck Meet-Up and Tweet Up is running concurrently with Park Series.
  • Trinity Beer Tent will be on the pier!!
  • Boaters and kayakers are welcome and can tie up on the main pier where the stage will be.
  • Wooly Fair Decompression August 26th!! Feeling fully woolied from Wooly Fair but want some more?? Us too! Bring your costume back and come on down to India Point Park to decompress, reminisce and bring back your wooly dream state.
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4th of July Fireworks in Providence

Find details about 4th of July 2014 events here.

The city is having fireworks on the waterfront again this year. If it is anything like last year, I suggest get there early and don’t even think of parking near India Point Park. During the fireworks display last year, traffic actually stopped on the Iway bridge to watch.

So park on the street somewhere on the East Side or the Jewelry District and walk to India Point. The best way is to walk over the footbridge at East Street.

For a little taste of last year, here’s a video I took of the fireworks from Community Boating Center:

Update:

Speaking of Community Boating, if you can get there early, consider taking them up on their offer to go for a sailboat ride before the fireworks and/or enjoy the front-row view from the boathouse deck.

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Debra Booth: The other end of Wickenden Street

We’ve spent a lot of pixels here talking about the intersection between Route 195 and Wickenden Street on the west side of Fox Point. Debra Booth forwarded us a letter they sent to city and state officials addressing concerns about the other end of Wickenden, where the Gano Street ramps are:

To: Mayor David Cicilline, Councilman Seth Yurdin, Representative David Segal, Senator Rhoda Perry, House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, the Fox Point Neighborhood Association, Rhode Island Department of Transportation

From: Debra Booth and David Cosier, Residents of Fox Point
Date: 11 April 2010
RE: Concerns about the I-195 Project

My husband and I live in Fox Point, in a house we bought 3 years ago. I am a Designer and Teacher and my husband is an Art Director for film and television. We like our neighborhood and especially like the refurbished India Point Park and walking to the various shops along Wickenden Street. The new pedestrian bridge connecting our neighborhoods with the park is a great addition as well. We have invested in this neighborhood and the community. It was our understanding that the highway project was meant to reconnect the neighborhood to its shoreline and India Point Park. However, we have some real concerns about the highway project as it has evolved and its interface with our neighborhood. Providence has a great opportunity to provide leadership and innovation to working with urban neighborhoods. We certainly have the will and talent in this city to do it differently.

The areas of most concern for us cover the area on the map below coded in pink.

mapThere are several important “quality of life” issues facing Fox Point, the city and DOT:

  • Higher noise levels
  • Safety issues (especially where there is direct access to the highway-near a public park and elementary school).
  • Air quality
  • Aesthetic neighborhood enhancement (rather than lowering property values and destruction—and flight from the neighborhood)

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