Major Downtown Redesign

The city has released plans for a proposed two-phase rehab of downtown that would focus on two areas: Kennedy Plaza and Waterplace Park. One major change will be to the stretch of Washington Street that cuts the plaza in two; it will be eliminated so that the Plaza and Burnside Park will merge. According to the ProJo:

In the latest reimagining of Providence’s central square, you get from Kennedy Plaza to Waterplace Park by bridge instead of tunnel.

You ice skate on a “riverine,” s-shaped water feature in the plaza instead of the current BankNewport City Center rink.

And when WaterFire returns, you’ll gaze up at a giant ring suspended over the basin that sprays mist down upon spectators.

All of these things are part of a $140-million plan unveiled by Mayor Jorge Elorza and city planners Wednesday that takes another stab at making Kennedy Plaza and the downtown riverwalk more attractive and welcoming.

And what about the existing rink? That will become a sports area with a basketball court and skatepark. And the itinerant Soldiers & Sailors Monument will once again have to find a new home.

Many more details at Patrick Anderson’s article. The Mayor’s plan was developed by international engineering and design firm Arup. (Seen here is their rendering of the mist ring thing a.k.a Bad Hair Day.)

2 thoughts on “Major Downtown Redesign”

  1. Chicago made major improvements to its long ribbon of park alongside Lake Michigan, and it transformed the energy, mental health and economy of the city.

  2. Can I be the only one who thinks that the city has alot of things better than this to spend $140 million on?

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