We all benefit from a little help from our friends: Partnership for Providence Parks

[ 0 ] August 29, 2012 |

Kidoinfo is a proud sponsor and partner of the kick-off celebration, Playful Providence Weekend organized by the fabulous new group, Partnership for Providence Parks. Over the weekend of September 7-9, 2012, witness the power of Friends. Over 19 Park groups and 30+ community partners will be showcasing different ways we play. We invite you to join the fun! – Anisa

I am so excited to introduce you all to the Partnership for Providence Parks (The Partnership), a new city-wide non-profit geared toward helping the people and community partners that help our parks be active, vibrant, healthy, playful and unique places. We have over 100 Parks in Providence, at least one within a ½ mile of every resident. Some of these places are nature conservancies, with hiking trails and wild animals (nice ones of course), others are community hubs for arts, fitness, play, or all of the above. What nearly a ¼ of these parks all have in common is a volunteer group dedicated to making these public spaces thrive. The Providence Department of Parks and Recreation understands that they need to partner with these, Friends, conservancies, neighborhood associations or community groups and worked to establish the Partnership in the spring of 2012 so that they could support and help grow existing groups and nurture new ones for the Friend-less parks. Not every park needs its own neighborhood group, as some are the size of a postage stamp, but we do want to encourage residents to take ownership, or at least keep an eye on even our littlest or less visited gems. Our efforts are concentrated on helping groups to keep it simple, and develop parks in a way that meets the needs of their community, and are welcoming to all. We encourage our Friends to partner with the community , create opportunities for free and open play for children (adults, too); develop programs that get people, healthy, moving, and inspired; and look creatively at our resources, with an eye toward sustainability. Oh yeah, the Partnership helps, too.

We are not doing this alone. We have partnered with many area business, universities, and community organizations to work toward being able to provide resources for programming and development that our parks deserve. Kidoinfo, Providence Children’s Museum, the YMCA, All Children’s Theater, RISD, Boys and Girls Clubs, Crossfit Providence, Serve Rhode Island, Providence Community Libraries, the Providence Athenaeum, Site Specific LLC, Logica, Four.Five Design, Providence College, RI Philharmonic, Whole Foods, Roger Williams University, Brown University, Venda Ravioli, Capitol Properties, Holland and Knight, The Meeks Family, are among the many that ”get it” and are helping out with in-kind resources and creative partnering (others are listed on our website www.providenceparks.org).

Over the weekend of September 7-9, we are going to showcase the power of our Friends as they host Playful Providence Weekend. Over 19 Park groups and 30+ community partners will be showcasing different ways we play. Each of these activities is brought to you by a neighborhood group and is just as unique and as playful as the parks they love. We encourage you to come out and visit one of our many parks and possibly discover new ways of playing or rediscover the joy of being playful.

Our parks don’t need to be perfect, but they do need to be a positive reflection of what we want our communities to be. They can bring a neighborhood up, or bring it down. We prefer to focus on the “UP”. If you are interested in starting or joining a Friends group, please let me know.


Wendy Nilsson
Partnership for Providence Parks

Category: baby, community news, high school age, kids, local ri area, local venue, nature places, parks/playgrounds, play, preschool, teens (13 +), tweens

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