Winter Is Actually The Perfect Time To Visit This Urban Park In Rhode Island
There’s no denying that downtown Providence is beautiful. And there’s really no better place to take in the views than Waterplace Park, a sprawling urban park that spans nearly a mile of waterfront property. But, while most people flock to this park in the summer or fall to take in one of Providence’s top attractions, WaterFire, the area stays peaceful and quiet in the winter. And that’s exactly why winter is the best time to go.
Waterplace Park is situated along the Woonasquatucket River in downtown Providence.
Construction on this beautiful park took years, finally reaching completion in 1994.
Waterplace Park is connected to a 0.75-mile cobblestone-paved pedestrian walkway along the waterfront known as Riverwalk.
Most of Riverwalk is below street level (and automotive traffic).
In the summertime, you'll find hundreds of Rhode Islanders and tourists alike gathered here in the evenings to experience WaterFire.
WaterFire is a sculpture created by Barnaby Evans in 1994 that celebrates the anniversary of First Night Providence. It's now an annual public art phenomenon, with an inclusive symbolism and interpretation meant to inspire and lift the spirits.
But WaterFire stops for the year every November, which is when the crowds stop coming.
Since it's right in the middle of downtown Providence, this park is never deserted. But there's a noticeable difference in the winter.
While WaterFire is a wonderful attraction, the "dead" of winter is actually the perfect time to check out this sprawling urban park.
You can take a nice, leisurely stroll without worrying about crowds, which is especially beneficial in the era of social distancing.
This area actually represents a vital part of early Providence history, serving as reminder of the water that covered it.
Over time, the water was drained, the land was filled, and by 1898 railroad tracks ran through the area to support the many industries in the city. Businesses eventually waned, but the River Relocation Project of the 1980s and 1990s brought life back to the Providence city center.
Come take a peaceful winter stroll from Waterplace Park and enjoy the views.
You just might fall in love with this city all over again.
Have you been to this urban park lately? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments!
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