Happy Birthday, Roger Williams Park

Family-friendly fundraiser on October 30 celebrates 150 years of the People’s Park

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Where can you attend a planetarium show, see a live bison, and ride a carousel all in one day? At Providence’s very own Roger Williams Park. This beautiful destination is celebrating its 150th birthday and we’re all invited! Together with the Roger Williams Family and Providence Parks Department, the RWP Conservancy is hosting a family-friendly fête and fundraiser. 

“Roger Williams Park has been a place of joy, restoration, revitalization, and fun for 150 years,” says Kevin Essington, conservancy executive director. “Thanks to the Providence Parks Department’s stewardship, the park has never looked better.” The birthday party kicks off the conservancy’s year-end campaign to fund programs and investments in the park. 

“Over the course of Mayor Elorza’s tenure, Roger Williams Park has been restored to a vibrant destination for all,” says Wendy Nilsson, Providence Parks Department superintendent. “We thank the conservancy for being a partner in this transformation. Attending this fundraiser is a great way to show your support for Roger Williams Park.” 

The special event on October 30 will offer tours of historic locations in the park, such as the Williams Family Cemetery and Betsey Williams Cottage. There will also be performers and cake, and guests will have a chance to buy raffle tickets for a host of Rhode Island-based prizes. All funds raised at the celebration will benefit the conservancy’s work enhancing the park as a vibrant public place for all. The conservancy is matching gifts one-to-one for the first 150 people who contribute online.

 

Roger Williams Park Casino, 1-3pm, tickets are $3 each, RWPark.org  

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