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Rose Larisa Park – East Providence

Rose Larisa Park in the Riverside section of East Providence overlooks the Providence River. It is one of the cities newer parks being built in the 1990’s. Today the park is crisscrossed with walking paths that wander through trees and large fields of grass. This property has a long history though. It was once part of Crescent Park, a large amusement park, that attracted visitors from all over the region. The shore dinner hall was located here. The large wall with the wrought iron fence on it was part of the back foundation of the building. There was also a large dock here that stretched out into the river. Steamships from as far away as New York City would dock here to drop off visitors of the park. During low tide you can see some of the remains of the pilings below on the beach. The majority of the park was across the street including its midway and roller coaster. The amusement park started operations in the late 1800’s and ceased in the late 1970’s. The Looff Carousel was preserved and is still in operation today. This is a great park for the kids to run around before catching a ride on the carousel.

I did not find a trail map on-line.

A Walking Path Looking Toward The Crescent Park Carousel.

A Walking Path Looking Toward The Crescent Park Carousel.

Hunts Mills – East Providence

  • Hunt’s Mills
  • Hunt’s Mills Road, East Providence, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°49’41.78″N, 71°20’45.16″W
  • First Hiked: June 8, 2014 
  • Last Time Hiked: April 8, 2018
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.75 miles
  • Easy.

For over 250 years Hunt’s Mills has served many purposes. It is probably one of the more historically significant sites in East Providences. In fact this property is home to the East Providence Historical Society. The historical society is at the John Hunt House which is one of the oldest houses in the city. The house was built in the mid 1700’s. This site also has been home to several mills over time dating back to the mid 1600’s including a sawmill and a grist mill. In the late 1800’s a local private company (Rumford Chemical Works) set up a water company here to supply their mills and factories with water. In the mid 1920’s the town would take over the water company, along with the Turner Reservoir, to supply the growing town with water until the town starting receiving its water from the Scituate Reservoir. At the turn of the century there was an amusement park here to help offset the cost of running the water company. And lastly, the fire department used this property as a training grounds for several years. The hike starts near the small parking area by the gazebo just to the right of the Hunt House. The red blazed trail first leads down a small set of stone stairs then winds through an area known as the Terrace Garden. At different times of year there will be different shrubs and flowers in bloom here including mountain laurel. The red blazed trail then turns right into a short section of woods before crossing an access road. The trail then continues straight in the woods meandering slightly downhill toward the Ten Mile River. At the next trail blaze post, the red blazed trail turns to the left. Here on the right is a spot known as Sunset Rock. It tends to be a little overgrown in the summer months, but it offers a good view of the river the rest of the year. Continuing following the red blazed trail will lead you to the next set of trail blaze posts. Again at the rivers edge is another spot to view the river. This spot is known as Otter Rock as there have been sightings of otters at this point. When the water levels are low on the river you will find inscriptions from the early 1900’s on the rocks. The red blazed trail then leads south passing a chain link fence into the former fire department training area. You will soon see the remnants of the facility including the old fire tower that was used for training and an old tanker. The trail then passes the chain link fence again to the next trail blaze post. Turning right here will lead you to the large grass area behind the Hunt House. In this area behind the house there is a circle of granite blocks. These blocks represent where the carousel of the amusement park once stood.You then walk toward the gate between the house and the large stone building that was once the pump house (built in 1893) for the water department to the final highlight of the hike. The Hunts Mills Dam and waterfall. From here you then follow the road in front of the Hunt House to the point of beginning. This hike makes a nice companion to the Turner Reservoir hike.

Trail map can be found at: Hunts Mills

Along The Red Trail

Along The Red Trail

Roger Williams Park – Providence

  • Roger Williams Park
  • Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
  • Trailhead: 41°47’9.10″N,  71°25’6.95″W
  • Last Time Hiked: January 19, 2014
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.7 miles
  • Easy with some slight elevation.
 
 

A Sunday morning walk in the park. It was a very quiet morning in one of Rhode Islands busiest parks. In the summer this park (and adjoining zoo) is bustling with hundreds of people. Today I felt alone. Using the route for the most part in Ken Weber’s “More Walks And Rambles In Rhode Island” I started near the main entrance at Elmwood Avenue and started following an old concrete sidewalk near the Victorian Rose Garden heading toward the large mansion looking structure with large pillars. This structure is the Casino. It was built in the 19th century and has hosted several events during its day including weddings and balls. I then followed a path to the right of the Casino which lead to a flight of stairs that led to the Bandstand. At the this point I turned left and followed the path along the pond. I continued following the path by a fence before crossing a bridge. After the bridge I took a right to continue following the ponds edge. On the left I passed the Japanese Garden. The path is now more of a road that turns to the left and uphill away from the pond. At the end of the road I crossed the street and continued walking straight across a hilly grass area. Ahead is a rather large structure on the shore of another pond. It is the Temple of Music. My luck, there was a young woman practicing her singing and acoustic guitar playing. She was not aware she had an audience at first. She sounded very good and the acoustics of the temple were spectacular. I then turned in a northerly direction making my way uphill and through and area of trees until I came to the road. I turned right at the road and followed it to its end. At the intersection is the Boat House. I then turned right and followed the road that goes by first the Botanical Center and then the Providence Police Mounted Command facility. Here I saw a few of their horses out and grazing. After crossing the bridge, I took the path on the left which follows the edge of the pond for quite a while. This path, mostly naturally worn, meanders through an area of trees. There are signs here cautioning you of the presence of poison ivy. At the end of this path it opens to a grass area with another pond directly in front of you. If you go left here you can cross the bridge to get to the carousel. I went right instead following the edge of the pond and stopping to photograph some ducks. Uphill and to the right you will see the Museum of Natural History. At the road I turned left crossing the bridge following the winding road back towards the main entrance where I had parked the car.

I did not find a park map on-line, however more information is available here: Roger Williams Park

The Bandstand With The Casino Behind It

The Bandstand With The Casino Behind It

Slater Park – Pawtucket

  • Slater Park
  • Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°52’14.72″N,  71°20’52.99″W
  • First Time Hiked: May 13, 2013
  • Last Time Hiked: December 20, 2017
  • Approximate distance hiked: 0.8 miles
  • Easy.

Slater Park is the crown jewel of Pawtucket parks. In recent years the park has gone through a renaissance with Daggett Farm essentially replacing the former Slater Park Zoo and also becoming home to the Pawtucket Arts Festival. There are several sporting fields here at the park as well as a historical carousel. In the holiday season the park is decorated and becomes very festive. The park also has several walking paths and the Ten Mile River Greenway Bike Path skirts the eastern edge of the path. One of the most recognizable features of the park is the pond and bandstand. For a short walk park in the parking area just west of the bandstand. Cross the road at the crosswalk and follow the walkway a bit, turn to the right, and follow the grass path toward the wooden bridge. The path winds through an area of tall grasses and small ponds before coming to an end. Turn left at the end, being sure to watch your step, and then left again. This park path now returns toward the main pond. Crossing the street again stay to the right and follow the foot path along and above the pond. Soon it winds around the far edge of the pond where you can see the carousel across the roadway. Continuing to follow the footpath around the pond you will pass the boathouse, currently home to the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Soon the path nears the bandstand before ending at the parking area.

I could not find a map showing the park trails and walks online.

More information can be found here: Slater Park

The Band Stand At Slater Park

The Band Stand At Slater Park