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Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England

Showcase Communities: Providence, Rhode Island

Woonasquatucket River

Photo of the Woonasquatucket River.

Riverside Mills
This six-acre site is part of Rhode Island's Woonasquatucket River Greenway project, an urban revitalization effort to restore greenspace and stimulate investment along the river. In 1989, a fire destroyed all but one office building on the Riverside Mills property. Key EPA funding, such as the Brownfields Showcase Community grant, has allowed the City of Providence to perform an environmental assessment of the property, remove all of the solid waste found at the site, and begin planning for future use.

Merino Park

Photo of Merino Park.

Woonasquatucket River Greenway Mural

Woonasquatucket River Greenway Mural.

Lincoln Lace and Braid
This nine-acre site, also part of Rhode Island's Woonasquatucket River Greenway project, is located adjacent to residential neighborhoods and the 18-acre Merino Park. Contamination of this property has spread to the river, and cleanup of the site is necessary to ensure that no further toxins are released into the water. Using money from Brownfields Showcase Community funds, the City of Providence removed the source of contamination and cleaned up the site. The city is now poised to begin next steps, including creating high quality wetlands on the site and planning for its future use, either as more greenspace, or possibly to host a new school.

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