Raimondo awards $3 million for local recreation projects

Blackstone Valley
Raimondo Recreation

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) awarded $3 million in grant money to 15 local municipalities to develop or renovate recreational facilities. 

According to the DEM, the grants will fund 19 projects across Rhode Island, including new basketball, pickle ball and multi-sport courts, a boat ramp, universally-accessible outdoor fitness equipment sports fields, a water-play feature, restrooms and various site improvements. 

“Having clean, safe and attractive parks and recreational facilities in our communities provides tremendous economic, health, and environmental benefits for Rhode Islanders,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “Modernizing playgrounds, sports fields, and walking trails will encourage people to get outside, get active, and explore our beautiful state.”

The DEM said outdoor recreation is an increasingly important part of the state’s economy, contributing an estimated $3.3 billion annually while supporting 36,000 jobs.

The following are the small grants that were awarded:

  • Barrington: Police Cove Park Public Space Enhancement Project – $95,280
  • Burrillville: Burrillville Dog Park & Walking Paths – $100,000
  • Central Falls: River Island Campground Renovation – $100,000
  • Coventry: Herbert Paine Memorial Park Multisport Court – $98,000
  • Cumberland: Eptheta Park Multi-Use Field and Sensory Playground – $100,000
  • East Greenwich: Fry Brook Outdoor Fitness Equipment – $77,600
  • Jamestown: Taylor Point Restrooms and Restoration – $90,000
  • Newport: Miantonomi Park Restrooms and Upgrades – $100,000
  • Providence: River Road Small Boat Ramp and Bank Stabilization – $100,000
  • Providence: Veazie Street Park Fitness Equipment – $96,000
  • South Kingstown: West Kingstown Park Playground Improvements – $100,000
  • Warwick: Salter’s Grove Playground Improvements – $100,000

Large grants were also awarded to the following projects:

  • Barrington: Latham Park Phase 2 – $234,400
  • Central Falls: Macomber Stadium Softball/Baseball Field Remediation – $300,000
  • Hopkinton: Langworthy Field Improvements Phase 2 – $300,000
  • Lincoln: Fairlawn Park Renovation – $300,000
  • Middletown: Multiuse Athletic Fields on Vacant Drive-In Property – $300,000
  • Newport: Vernon Park Tennis/Pickleball Courts – $180,000
  • Woonsocket: Cass Park Softball Field Improvements and Playground Renovation – $300,000

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