Riverwalk Restoration Project
For over two years, DNA members have worked tirelessly to help make downtown Providence a cleaner, safer, more unified place to work and play. With the help of 200+ volunteers, our Riverwalk Restoration Projects have saved the City of Providence over $200,000 in labor costs alone by sanding & painting hundreds of railings, light poles & benches, and replacing broken cables along our waterfront.
The transformation has been incredible, and we're only getting started.
Wendy Nilsson, the superintendent of the Providence Parks Department, was well aware of the state of the Riverwalk – the railings were in rough shape and the cables running between them were broken or missing in places – but the potential cost of repair, combined with the needs of 116 parks throughout the city and the lack of manpower within the Parks Department, didn’t paint a pretty picture. But as the DNA picked up steam, Nilsson saw the potential for what would prove to be a fruitful partnership.
“In so many cities you do not have the opportunity to make a difference like this. You’re talking about painting in the heart of the city. It’s like painting Boston Common – it’s just not going to happen. But it’s something anyone can do.”
— Rich Pezzillo, DNA President
Riverwalk Restoration Projects