The Providence Innovation District Park Pavilion (Pavilion) is a proposed approximately 4,000-SF amenity featuring year-round dining, public bathrooms, and support space for park operations. The project will also include infrastructure upgrades to the park (e.g., WIFI service, grading and drainage improvements, and electrical upgrades). The Pavilion is intended to activate the park year-round, serve as an amenity for park users and the surrounding community, and support the Innovation District’s economic development goals.
Review the District’s presentation from the January 2022 City of Providence Ward 1 meeting for more project background.
1. What is the purpose of the Pavilion?
The Pavilion will provide year-round food and beverage concessions to park users and the surrounding community, as well as provide bathrooms for the public, storage space for the park, and a small office for park staff. It will also be an additional revenue stream to support park operations. A permanent food and beverage facility was a key recommendation of the 2019 park operation plan developed by Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, who is best known for their work on New York City’s Bryant Park.
2. Has an operator been selected for the Pavilion?
The District is currently working on selecting an operator for the food and beverage portion of the future Pavilion. An announcement will be made on the selection in the coming months.
3. Where will the Pavilion be located within the park?
The Pavilion will be located at the confluence of the Ship Street and Elbow Street paths, on the west side of the park. The location was selected after significant site studies undertaken by pavilion architect, Architecture Research Office (ARO) and multiple community meetings. Utile, the District's on-call design consultant, has issued a memo regarding their review of the proposed pavilion location. This memo can be found at this link. A shadow study from ARO related to site selection can be found at the following link.
4. How large is the Pavilion?
The pavilion is expected to be approximately 4,000 square feet.
5. How is Pavilion design and construction funded?
Funds for the Pavilion were provided by the “Beach, Clean Water, and Green bond” approved by the voters in a special election held in March of 2021.
6. Has this Pavilion been considered for any development locations abutting Park, such as Parcel 14?
The Green Bond funds will only permit the District to utilize these funds for infrastructure improvements in the park.
7. What will the community engagement process look like?
The District and ARO hosted multiple community meetings some of which are noted below. A survey was also circulated which garnered over 120 responses. Future community engagement events will be held as the project progresses.
8. Is the Pavilion subject to the District’s Development Plan?
Yes: the Pavilion is subject to the District’s zoning (i.e., the Development Plan), including the design review process outlined in the Development Plan.
9. Who are the project team members?
The District has hired the following consultants to assist with this project; the operator has not yet been selected:
In addition to these meetings, over the past several years District staff have also presented the project to numerous community groups and other stakeholders, including Ward 1 and the Fox Point Neighborhood Association.
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