Park to be dedicated in honor of the late George Redman, an advocate for bike path development across Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management today announced it will host a dedication ceremony for the new linear park on the Washington Bridge in Providence on Monday, September 21. The new park will be named in honor of the late George Redman, a life-long East Providence resident and environmental advocate.
The new park includes an 11-foot bikeway with a separate seven-foot walking path. The center plaza offers scenic overlooks, rest areas, bike racks, and information on the history of the bridge and surrounding communities and waters. The park, which provides a critical link between the East Bay and downtown Providence, is a key piece in Rhode Island's bike network. In addition, it offers a valuable transportation option for local commuters and is part of a broader effort to develop nearly 3,000 miles of contiguous path along the east coast; the new linear park marks the first segment of the coastal route which connects Providence to Cape Cod.
In addition to Governor Raimondo and DEM Director Janet Coit, speakers will include US Senator Jack Reed; US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; US Congressman David Cicilline; US Congressman Jim Langevin; Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza; East Providence Mayor Thomas A. Rose, Jr.; Molly Henry representing the East Coast Greenway Alliance and RI Bike; and Paul Redman, son of the late George Redman.
Note: Attendees are encouraged to bike or walk to the event. Parking is available, if needed, in Providence at India Point Park and in East Providence on Warren Avenue.