Providence holding meeting Monday about Woonasquatucket River Greenway

PROVIDENCE – A public meeting will be held Monday evening to start the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project, a series of proposed improvements to a one-mile section of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway between Downtown Providence and Eagle Street.

The meeting will be hosted by Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the Providence Planning Department at the WaterFire Arts Center at 6 p.m.

The proposed improvements include an off-road, shared-use path that will provide a commuting route for walkers and bikers from Eagle Square to Downtown. The project also include the installation of pocket parks and kayak launches, the identification of public art opportunities, proposals for stormwater management solutions, and a goal of improving water quality in the area while outlining efforts to mitigate flooding.

HALF OF A RENDERING of proposed projects to be included in the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project, including the installation of pocket parks, the opportunity for public art projects and potential kayak launch sites. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE
HALF OF A CONCEPT SKETCH demonstrates proposed projects to be included in the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project, including the installation of pocket parks, the opportunity for public art projects and potential kayak launch sites. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE

The project has a nearly $6 million budget for design, engineering and construction from the State Transportation Improvement Program. The city says that it expects to construct the project in 2021 and 2022.

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The project is a key focus of the Woonasquatucket Vision plan and part of the city’s Urban Trail initiative.

The city said that residents are invited to share ideas at the Monday evening meeting, and to ask questions about potential enhancements to the river corridor.

A RENDERING OF PROPOSED projects to be included n the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project. The plan includes a biking and walking path to connect Downtown Providence and Eagle Square, along with other improvements such as strengthening stormwater management. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE
PART OF A CONCEPT SKETCH that highlights proposed projects to be included in the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project. The plan includes a biking and walking path to connect Downtown Providence and Eagle Square, along with other improvements such as strengthening stormwater management. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE

The city said that currently it is in the stage of assessing existing conditions, developing conceptual alternatives, and seeking public feedback on those potential conceptual alternatives.

Following public input, the city will create two alternatives in addition to its original plan and compare and analyze all options for the project.

Updates about the project will be posted online.