World War II Veterans Memorial State Park

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Coordinates: 42°00′31″N 71°30′37″W / 42.00861°N 71.51028°W / 42.00861; -71.51028
World War II Veterans Memorial State Park
Rhode Island State Park
Country  United States
State  Rhode Island
County Providence
City Woonsocket
Elevation 138 ft (42 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°00′31″N 71°30′37″W / 42.00861°N 71.51028°W / 42.00861; -71.51028 [1]
Area 14 acres (6 ha)
Established 1960
Management Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Location in Rhode Island
Website: World War II Veterans Memorial State Park

World War II Veterans Memorial State Park is a Rhode Island state park located in the city of Woonsocket.[2] The park occupies land known as the Social flatlands where textile mills operated along the banks of the Mill River until the first part of the 20th century.[3]

Redevelopment[edit]

In 2012, the city and state governments were embroiled in a controversy over who should take responsibility for future maintenance of the park. The director of the Department of Environmental Management announced that a $2.6 million plan to refurbish the park, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, would be put on hold until a long-term agreement regarding park maintenance and staffing could be reached with the city.[4] In 2014, the state legislature budgeted moneys for the park's redevelopment and maintenance over a five-year period beginning in 2015 with the aim of allowing "the state ... to turn the land over to the city so it can take charge of its maintenance."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State Park Beach". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "World War II Veterans Memorial State Park". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "World War II Veterans Memorial State Park History". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Olivo, Russ (October 12, 2012). "WWII Park renovation plans on hold". The Call. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "World War II park, Woonsocket schools receive aid in House-approved FY2015 budget" (Press release). State of Rhode Island General Assembly. June 13, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 

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