This afternoon Councilman John J. Igliozzi, Esq. (Ward 7) joined Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Council President Sabina Matos, Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia, Superintendent of Parks Wendy Nilsson, Janet Coit from RIDEM, Ed Raff from the Met School, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Kevin Essington from The Trust for Public Land, and Sheila Dormody from The Nature Conservancy to officially open the new Woonasquatucket Adventure Park located at 117 Glenbridge Avenue in Providence.
The new Woonasquatucket Adventure Park extends to Merino Park, encompassing nearly 28 acres of green space, play space, fields, and multi-purpose trails. The project has transformed a once vacant and underutilized piece of land along the Woonasquatucket River into a new beautiful, and active recreational space, complete with amenities that will attract residents from across Providence’s dense and diverse neighborhoods.
“This new Adventure Park is a great addition to the neighborhood,” stated Councilman John J. Igliozzi, Esq. “It will provide residents with access to amenities like picnic areas, a parkour course, a bicycle pump track, and a multi-use trail system which connects to Merino Park. I am grateful for the community support we have received to make this investment for not just our young people, but for residents of all ages.”
Over his tenure, Councilman Igliozzi has invested nearly $1M in Merino Park and the new Adventure Park. At Marino Park, he funded the rehabilitation of the basketball court, created a soccer field, a playground, added new parking lights, a new parking lot, security cameras, and brought water to the park for the first time.
Councilman Igliozzi continued, “I strongly believe in investing in our City parks, and in my years in office, I have made that a priority. Everyone deserves access to nature and places for exploration and space.” In FY 2020 Councilman Iglozzi has earmarked another $80K in funding for neighborhood park projects.
The Woonasquatucket Adventure Park was made possible through funding from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the City of Providence, City Council of Providence, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Pisces Foundation, Hydro Flask, McKee Foods, and The Nature Conservancy.
For more information on the Woonasquatucket Adventure Park or Woonsquatucket River Watershed Council, visit them on the web: WRWC.