East Side of Providence, RI

Let's Take a Look at the East Side

A Unique Pocket in the City

The East Side is a collection of neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city.  It officially comprises the neighborhoods of Blackstone, Hope, Mount Hope, College Hill, Wayland and Fox Point.  

The area is separated from East Providence to the east by the Seekonk River and to the west by the Providence River and Rte 95.  To the north, it borders Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  To the south, it abuts Narragansett Bay.  Roger Williams  founded Providence along College Hill. This area thus includes some of the oldest sections of the city. The spot where Williams landed after crossing the Seekonk River is marked by a small park in Fox Point (see more parks below)

Mostly residential, the East Side is the most affluent of the city with higher property values, lower unemployment, and higher income levels than the city as a whole.  Approximately 20% of the city’s 175,000 people live on the East Side.

Schools in the Area

Private Schools and of course, Brown and RISD

If the East Side of Providence had a middle name, it would be Acadamia.  There are numerous highly respected private schools and of course, Brown University and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design).  Check them out!

Moses Brown

Wheeler

Lincoln School. (not to be confused with the  Lincoln public school system)

School One

Providence Hebrew Day

The French-American School

Brown University

Rhode Island School of Design

 

Activity on the East Side

Lots to Do, Plenty of green space

The East Side contains numerous parks and green spaces. India Point Park, the largest of these, is located along the northernmost shore of Narragansett Bay. It is the only large expanse of Bay-side shoreline in Providence reserved for public use.

Other parks include:

  • Blackstone Boulevard Park is a green space between northbound and southbound lanes of Blackstone Boulevard. It consists of 19.3 acres of parkland and a 1.7-mile path for jogging and walking.
  • Blackstone Park just north of Richmond Square at the end of Waterman Street in Wayland. Blackstone Park is 40-acre city park with 2,400 feet of shore frontage on the Seekonk River.
  • Brown Street Park is behind Hope High School. Brown Street Park has several children’s play structures and an adult fitness equipment area, ongoing programming includes Children’s Play Dates, Fitness Classes, Yoga Classes and a Summer Concert Series.
  • Constance Witherby Park in Wayland.
  • Gano Street Park, along the Seekonk River, has numerous athletic fields and a dog-park. The area is also known as Engineer’s Field.
  • Lippitt Memorial Park, a 6-acre park at the intersection of Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard near the Pawtucket border. It is named after former Rhode Island governor Charles W. Lippitt.
  • Market Square, a small park on the edge of Downtown.
  • Mary Sharpe Park, a small park between Benefit and Pratt Avenue.
  • Paterson Park, a small park in Wayland adjacent to Blackstone Park.
  • Gladys Potter Park is a small park in Wayland at the corner of Elton St. and Humboldt Ave.
  • Prospect Terrace Park on top of College Hill.
  • Roger William’s Landing in Fox Point.
  • Roger Williams National Memorial at the bottom of College Hill.
  • Riverwalk located along the Providence River, where part of Waterfire  is held.
  • Veterans’ Memorial Park, on the edge of Downtown, is home to a war memorial.

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