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NRHP Reference #  66000002
Phone  +1 401-785-3510
Added to NRHP  15 October 1966
Area  174 ha
Year built  12 February 1872
Roger Williams Park
Location  Providence, Rhode Island
Architect  Cleveland, Horace William Shaler; Multiple
Architectural style  Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Other
Address  1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02905, USA
Hours  Open today · 10AM–4PMTuesday10AM–4PMWednesday10AM–4PMThursday10AM–4PMFriday10AM–4PMSaturday10AM–4PMSunday10AM–4PMMonday10AM–4PMSuggest an edit
Similar  Providence Children's Museum, Rhode Island School of, WaterFire, Jack‑O‑Lantern Spectacular, Slater Mill Historic Site

Roger williams park


Roger Williams Park is an elaborately landscaped 427-acre (173 ha) city park in Providence, Rhode Island and is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is named after the founder of the city of Providence and one of the founders of the state of Rhode Island, Roger Williams.

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History

The land for the park was a gift to the people of Providence in 1871, in accordance with the will of Betsey Williams, the great-great-great-granddaughter, and last surviving descendant of the founder to own the land. It had been the family farm and represented the last of the original land grant to Roger Williams in 1638 from Canonicus, chief of the Narragansett tribe. The family farmhouse (built in 1773), known as the Betsey Williams Cottage, and the Williams family burial ground (including Betsey's grave) are still maintained within the park.

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The park contains seven lakes which comprise approximately 98 acres (40 ha). It is located in the southernmost part of the city of Providence bordering the city of Cranston. The park was designed by Horace Cleveland in 1878, and was constructed in the 1880s. Many of the roads, bridges and sidewalks were built by the Works Progress Administration from 1935 to 1940. Currently it contains the Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Roger Williams Park Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, the Japanese Gardens, the Victorian Rose Gardens, the Providence Police Department's Mounted Command center, the Dalrymple Boathouse and boat rentals, historical tours, a Carousel Village for children that includes the "Hasbro Boundless Playground" which is accessible for handicapped children, the Temple to Music, the Roger Williams Park Casino, large greenspaces, and many miles of walking paths.

In their 2000 annual report, the National Trust for Historic Preservation called Roger Williams Park one of the finest urban parks in the U.S.

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Roger Williams Park Wikipedia


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