This year, Roger Williams Park has something for everyone, as the Roger Williams Park Conservancy, the Providence Parks Department, and the Rhode Island Foundation celebrate their partnership with new outdoor events, new merchandise and a celebration.

Visitors can spread out a blanket and enjoy performances with FirstWorks, theater with Rhode Island Latino Arts, fitness events with Haus of Glitter, films, and a return of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The Museum of Natural History and Botanical Center also offer expanded programming, and, of course, Food Truck Fridays, Swan Boats, Providence Tennis and the Roger Williams Park Zoo provide so much more to do.

“COVID-19 has shown how important it is for everyone, in every community, to be able to safely enjoy the outdoors and each other,” said Kevin Essington, executive director for the Roger Williams Park Conservancy. “These events are a way to invite everyone to appreciate the park and thank all of the partners who have made the partnership a success.”

The Conservancy worked with a local artist to create new Roger Williams Park T-shirts, available online and during events in the park. All merchandise proceeds sales go towards programs and investments in the park.

“The partnership between the Providence Parks Department, Rhode Island Foundation and the Roger Williams Parks Conservancy has been a fabulous success,” said Wendy Nilsson, superintendent of Providence Parks. “We have revitalized lighting, benches, roadway, bridge and sidewalk additions and improvements, trails, stormwater mitigation features, historic building restorations, landscaping and new trees. Come out and enjoy it!”

On October 7, 2021, the Conservancy, the Parks Department and the Rhode Island Foundation will host a celebration in the park to thank everyone who made the investments possible. There they will announce new, upcoming projects as part of the park’s 150th anniversary in 2022.

The celebration is possible thanks to the Rhode Island Foundation, the Providence Parks Department, and hundreds of generous individuals, foundations and businesses. To learn more about how to attend an event, or buy Roger Williams Park merchandise please visit the Conservancy’s website at

Top Photo: Jose Ramirez