City Council President Sabina Matos announces that the Providence Parks Department is making several enhancements to Donigian Park.
“Donigian Park is a special place in Olneyville and is changing the way the neighborhood interacts with nature,” stated City Council President Sabina Matos. “Over my years on the Council I have invested nearly $100K in funding to create a waterpark, play spaces, and now a brand new concession stand that will include restrooms. Being a park along the Woony River Greenway so many visitors come through the park, and having facilities to enhance the park will make for a wonderful visitor experience.”
Currently, the construction of the concession stand and bathrooms are about 85% complete and with good weather will be completed in early spring. In the coming months and years, there will be even more improvements. Through 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding the City will be making improvements to the field including regrading and installation of an irrigation system. In addition, there will be some fence replacement and reorientation along Cutler Street. All projects will begin construction in early summer of 2020.
Council President Matos continued, “I’m very excited to announce that we will begin a design for playground improvements later this year. Those improvements likely won’t come to fruition until 2021, but it is great to see things moving forward. I look forward to seeing my neighbors there this summer, especially for our annual Movie Night at Donigian!”
Much of the funding for improvements in the park have come from Council President Matos’ Neighborhood Infrastructure Funding, CDBG funding, and part of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan that was recently passed by the City Council.