The East and West Parks and Pedestrian Bridge now complete Providence’s riverwalk system that is home to the world renowned Waterfire. A series of sustainable public spaces, walkways and boardwalks connect many pedestrian and bikeway systems to the heart of Providence and the College Hill, Jewelry, and Innovation Districts. Upon completion, programmed activities emerged leading to the further development of the twenty-seven acres of land opened by moving I-195 out of Providence’s downtown.
BETA was on a multi-disciplinary team for this project and was responsible for the East Park, Pedestrian Bridge planters, and West Park waterfront. Work included salt marsh restoration, meadow and native plantings, rain gardens, a multi-use path, and the repurposing of highway structures and granite. The project won a Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects merit award in 2019.