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PPS Statement on Downtown Baseball Stadium

PawSox Stadium Discussion
PawSox Stadium Discussion

Following the announcement from the Pawtucket Red Sox of a proposal to build a ballpark on former I-195 land along the Providence River, the Providence Preservation Society urged decision-makers “to objectively weigh the merits of the stadium at this riverfront site.” Over the last five months, PPS has watched, listened and analyzed the proposal and the community’s reaction. 

In June, the PPS Planning and Architectural Review Committee, along with design professionals from RISD, Brown, College Hill, Fox Point, and the Jewelry District, received a thorough presentation on the stadium’s design team. PawSox representatives provided extensive details of the proposed design and the use of space on all parts of the site. 

Advocating for excellence in urban planning and design is central to the mission of PPS. Following deliberation by the Planning and Architectural Review Committee and our Board of Trustees, PPS issued the following statement on the PawSox Ballpark proposal:

8-22-2015 Ballpark Comment (pdf)

Plans to use the former I-195 land along the Providence River as a park have been developing since 2006. In 2009, the Project for Public Spaces developed a comprehensive report on this land entitled Creating a Vibrant Waterfront in Providence, discussing best practices for creating and managing engaging open space for public use. For our 2013 Providence Symposium, PPS invited Adrian Benepe to discuss the benefits of well-designed urban parks (see video here). Mr. Benepe is known for his transformative impact on the New York City parks system while serving as Parks Commissioner for over a decade under Mayor Bloomberg, and currently serving as the Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for the Trust for Public Land, a dynamic and critical national land conservation organization. Click here to learn more about the Trust for Public Land's research on Measuring the Economic Value of a City Park System.

To read PPS's initial statement on the proposal from March, 2015, click here: 

3-18-2015 Ballpark Comment (pdf) 



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