This area represents a vital part of early Providence history, serving as reminder of the water that covered the area once known as Great Salt Cove. Over time, the water was drained, land filled, and by 1898 railroad tracks ran through the area to support the many industries in the city. As times changed and business waned, the downtown area languished. However, the River Relocation Project of the 1980s and 1990s brought life back to the Providence city center along with a reimagining of the water that once ran through it. Today, Waterplace Park and the surrounding areas are home to walking paths, restaurants, concerts and WaterFire.