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It’s the Great Lego Donation Drive!

Thanks to a generous donation from DownCity Design, the Lego Table is back in Burnside Park for another exciting season to challenge children’s imaginations with the cherished childhood blocks. Our table is ready, but we need just one more thing….Legos!

DowncityDesignLegoTableWe are now accepting donations of used Legos or you can help us buy new ones with a donation to Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy that directly supports our programming.

Here’s what your donation can buy:  3

 $10    Ten Lego men and women

 $20    Non- toxic Lego cleaning supplies

 $30    A medium sized box of classic legos

Help kids build their way to a great summer in our parks!

Buy New Legos for Kids

Mail Your Used Legos To:

DPPC Loves Legos
30 Exchange Terrace, 4th Floor
Providence, RI 02903

(Or email to arrange a drop-off!)


Thanks again to DownCity Design for donating the The Here I See PVD | Aqui Veo PVD LEGO Table! The table was originally designed and built by kids for kids through the city of Providence Pop Up PVD Initiative. It toured 5 Providence parks during the summer of 2014, including Burnside Park, inspiring kids and families to build, imagine and dream about what their city could look like. DownCity Design uses design education and real world projects as a way to teach kids to be problem solvers, communicators and collaborators.

Did you know the Sound Sculpture in Burnside Park – a larger than life marimba – was also a project of Downcity Design? For more information check out their website!

New Opportunities!

This year, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy (DPPC) is exploring ways to activate new spaces downtown and is releasing a Request for Proposals for new food service at Soldiers and Sailors Plaza in Kennedy Plaza. Businesses with a clear vision and relevant experience incorporating a food service operation into revitalization and placemaking efforts are invited to apply by June 15, 2015. More information in the 2015 RFP.

Be sure to follow all instructions on the PROPOSAL GUIDELINES.




Celebrate a People-Powered way to Get Around Downtown!

You know it’s summer when the PEDICABS return to PROVIDENCE!Sol Chariot!

Sol Chariots is celebrating with a party THIS SATURDAY MAY 30th!

Pedicabs are a great way to get around downtown that has a low impact on the environment, traffic, and parking. Look for more information about how to use Sol Chariots to get to and from DPPC events in Greater Kennedy Plaza–coming soon!

Sol Chariots’ fleet of bright yellow tricycles will be hitting the streets of Downtown Providence on Saturday giving out free rides, bringing music to the streets, and picking up a giant puppet or two along the way.

Beginning At 4:00 pm the fleet and its followers will gather at the corner of Westminster and Union streets to gather for an informal musical parade about town. There will be live music, dancing, a prize give-away, and face-painting before the mini-procession weaves throughdowntown. Bikes, trikes, strollers and walkers welcome. Costumes, instruments, and silliness are highly encouraged!

At 5:00 pm the adults in the crowd are invited to join the whole Sol Chariots team for a party at the Alley Cat, where they will raffle off t-shirts, tours, and more. One lucky fan will even take home a sample farm share from Freedom Food Farm, Sol Chariots’ partner in delivering locally grown produce to Providence families through its Harvest Cycle program. Sol Chariots Pedicab Cooperative was founded in 2012 by twin sisters Ash and Ally Trull and has received national and international media attention as a sustainable social enterprise. The worker-owned bike business has since grown to five worker-owners and boasts a wide menu of pedal-powered services including scenic tours, weddings and local food delivery. Learn more at

If you would like more information about Sol Chariots or the Summer Kick-off Event, contact Katie Fairhead at (401) 400 1565 or by email at

September 11: Burnside Music Series Finale with Detroit Rebellion!


Detoit RebellionAn amazing series deserves an amazing capstone, and that’s exactly what we have in store for this Thursday! September 11 will bring the wonderful 2014 Burnside Music Series to a close. Thankfully, Detroit Rebellion will keep our spirits high until the bitter end! Toeing the line between jazz and no-wave, this blues driven garage duo creeps and grooves their way to a good time.


Come on down at 4:30 to partake of Trinity’s always fabulous beer garden, and stay tuned for live music at 5:30. As always, keep an eye on our Facebook page for breaking updates!

September 4 at the Burnside Music Series: Death Vessel + The Mansfield Hornets!

Death Vessel Band Photo

Providence-goers and people of the Plaza, this is indeed a week of second chances. Though earlier in the season our dreams were delayed, as both Death Vessel and the Mansfield Hornets were rained out of their original concert dates, these local superstars are combining forces this very Thursday to create what could very likely be considered the greatest Burnside Music Series concert of all time!

The Mansfield Hornets

This fabulous double bill will get started shortly after the Trinity Beer Garden opens its metaphorical doors at 4:30pm, with the Mansfield Hornets kicking off your end of summer evening-in-the-park experience. Hard pressed to think of a more delightful way to unwind than listening to the impeccable stylings of Rhode Island’s premier Balkan psych outfit  while sipping sangria in beautiful Burnside Park? You’re not alone!


At long last, Death Vessel will take the stage from 6-7pm, regaling us with the labyrinthine falsetto narratives for which we have been clamoring all summer. This will be a good one, Rhode Island. See you in the park!


As always, keep up to date with the series (and see the full 2014 season lineup) on our Facebook page!



August 28 at the Burnside Music Series: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem!

MAKU Large


Plaza goers, I hope that you are ready for a VERY special treat! Joining us this week (and making the trip to Burnside all the way from NYC) are M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, an immigrant band hailing largely from Columbia. M.A.K.U. identify themselves as embodying “an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, and puts on a party for everyday people,” and let me tell you what, Providence: anyone who has heard their music would be hard pressed to find an argument otherwise. M.A.K.U.’s sounds are guaranteed to move the casual passer-by and the music aficionado alike. You can listen to their music here, and, of course, in Burnside Park this very Thursday!

Get there early to enjoy Trinity Brewhouse’s fabulous beer garden (open for business from 4:30-7:30) and enjoy this incredible live music from 5:30-7.

As always, stay tuned to our Facebook event for breaking updates, and the full listing of this summer’s lineup!



August 21 at the Burnside Music Series: Home Body!















We’re in luck this week, Burnside. All the way from beautiful Easthampton, Massachusetts are electronic dark dance heroes and masters of vocal wizardry Home Body. Self described as “sort of new-wavy-electronic-a’pop’calyptic-shimmer-core that’s down to earth, vivid, and visceral,” this duo uses Korg synthesizers, drum machines, and note sequencers to lay a foundation atop which radiantly well honed vocals may triumph. Home Body’s music and performance show laser-like aesthetic vision, and are truly a wonder to behold.

Keep abreast of breaking updates, as always, via our Facebook event! See you this Thursday in the park at 4:30 for Trinity Beer Garden, and from 5:30-7 for these amazing jams!

Next Up at the Burnside Music Series: What Cheer? Brigade!

What Cheer Brigade


Up this week at the much beloved Burnside Music Series are local favorites, acoustic wizards, and eternal bringers of the party What Cheer? Brigade! This notorious band of troubadours has travelled the world spreading the good vibes of Providence far and wide. It is an honor to have them on replacing the Burnside stage!

Come on down to the beer garden this Thursday, August 14, from 4:30-7:30, and stay tuned for What Cheer? Brigade… when you least expect it!


As always, keep up with series (including moment to moment info) on our Facebook page!



August 7 at the Burnside Music Series: Death Vessel! (CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)

Death Vessel Band Photo











Providence, this week we are indeed in for a treat. Gracing the Burnside Music Series this Thursday, fresh off the Newport Folk Festival, is none other than Rhode Island’s own Death Vessel. The project of one Joel Thibodeau, Death Vessel rings true to a tradition of profoundly honest songwriting, yet aesthetically is unmistakably individual. Internationally renown and signed to the famed Sub Pop records, we are delighted to have Death Vessel on the Burnside stage!

Check out Death Vessel’s fantastical video for Mercury Dime, filmed at the Columbus Theater and created by locals Peter Glantz and Corey Grayhorse, here!