World War II Veterans Memorial State Park

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World War II Veterans Memorial State Park
World War II Veterans Memorial State Park in Woonsocket, RI.jpg
Map showing the location of World War II Veterans Memorial State Park
Map showing the location of World War II Veterans Memorial State Park
Location in Rhode Island
LocationWoonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Coordinates42°00′31″N 71°30′37″W / 42.00861°N 71.51028°W / 42.00861; -71.51028Coordinates: 42°00′31″N 71°30′37″W / 42.00861°N 71.51028°W / 42.00861; -71.51028[1]
Area14 acres (5.7 ha)
Elevation138 ft (42 m)[1]
Established1960 [2]
Governing bodyRhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
WebsiteWorld War II Veterans Memorial State Park

World War II Veterans Memorial State Park is a public recreation area located in the city of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.[3] The park occupies land known as the Social flatlands where textile mills operated along the banks of the Mill River until the early years of the 20th century. Since 1979, the park has hosted the three-day Autumnfest celebration held annually on Columbus Day Weekend.[2][4]

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.[5] 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."[6]

The agreement ultimately reached saw the Department of Environmental Management providing an improvement grant of $2.6 million with the city making an in-kind contribution of preparation work done by the Public Works Department. Improvements under the project saw redesigned grounds with splash park, playground and outdoor activities area, basketball courts, and the new little league baseball field near Social Street.[7] A reopening ceremony for the city-owned and -operated park was scheduled for early 2016.[8]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers a splash park, baseball field, basketball courts, playground, picnic tables, walking paths, performance stage, and veterans monument.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State Park Beach". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "World War II Veterans Memorial State Park History". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "World War II Veterans Memorial State Park". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Russell, Dave. "Autumnfest Reflections". Autumnfest Committee. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Olivo, Russ (October 12, 2012). "WWII Park renovation plans on hold". The Call. Woonsocket, RI. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Nadeau, Joseph B. (August 19, 2017). "City preps park for Autumnfest". The Call. Woonsocket, RI. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Seoane, Sandy (May 18, 2016). "City takeover of WWII park set for end of month". The Valley Breeze. Lincoln, RI. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "World War II Veterans Memorial Park". City of Woonsocket. Retrieved January 8, 2018.

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