A partnership between Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Office, the Providence Healthy Communities Office, the Providence Parks Department, the Providence Recreation Department, the Providence Public School District and the Providence Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism, that increases access to high quality, affordable, and education summer programs for youth in Providence.


Ensuring access to healthy, fresh food options all summer long

Last summer over 145,000 free summer meals were served to Providence youth at recreation centers, parks and in collaboration with youth based organization and programming. Mayor Elorza is committed to ensuring that all children have access to healthy and accessible meals thrghout the year. Sign up for Providence Recreation Programs for free breakfast and lunch and all day activities this summer! Did you know, all children under the age of 18 are eligible to receive free summer meals? 

Did you know, all children under the age of 18 are eligible to receive free summer meals?


Elmhurst · Valley · Mt. Pleasant

Fargnoli Park   |   12:00pm-2:00pm   |   Smith Street (Across 950 Smith St.)
George J. West Park   |   12:15pm-2:15pm   |   Chalkstone/ Mt.Pleasant Avenue
Davis Park   |   11:30am-1:30pm   |   700 Chalkstone Avenue
O’Brien Park   |   11:15am-1:15pm   |   Corner of Regent St./River Avenue

East Side

Fox Point Park   |   11:45am-1:45pm   |   Wickenden Street (Across B/G Club)
Billy Taylor Playground   |   11:30am-1:30pm   |   Camp Street (Across 135 Camp St.)

Federal Hill · West End

Zuccolo Rec Center   |   12:15pm-2:15pm   |   18 Gesler Street
Dexter Training Ground   |   11:00am-1:00pm   |   73 Dexter Street
Wiggins Village   |   11:15am-1:15pm   |   207 Cranston Street
Codding Court PHA   |   11:30am-1:30pm   |   144 Dodge Street
West End Rec. Ctr. @ Bucklin Pool |   12:15am-2:15pm   |   109 Bucklin Street

Charles · Wanskuck · Smith Hill

Selim-Rogers Rec Center   |  12:00pm-2:00pm   |   60 Camden Avenue
General St./Prov Recreation HQ   |   11:45am-1:45pm   |   11 West Drive
Chad Brown Waterpark   |   12:15pm-2:15pm   |   Chad Brown Street
Metcalf Field   |   11:15am-1:15pm   |   Across from 200 Hawkins Street
Corliss Park   |   11:00am-1:00pm   |   30 Corliss Street

South Side

Ellery Park   |   11:00am-1:00pm   |   Ellery Street (Across 84 Ellery St.)
Sackett St Rec Center   |   12:15pm-2:15pm   |   110 Sackett Street
Harriet and Sayles Park   |   11:45am-1:45pm   |   199 Oxford Street
Rollins Rec Center/Pool   |   12:00pm-2:00pm   |   674 Prairie Avenue
Mattie Smith Playground   |   11:15am-1:15pm   |   Glenham and Taylor Street
Pearl Street Playground   |   11:45am-1:45pm   |   Pearl and Providence Street
Jennifer Rivera Park   |   11:30am-1:30pm   |   40 Niagara Street
DHS Headquarters   |   10:45am-12:45pm   |  206 Elmwood Avenue
Peace and Plenty   |   11:00am-1:00pm   |   Peace and Updike Street
McGrane Pool (Bucklin Rec Center)   |   12:15pm-2:15pm   |   404 Dexter Street
Davey Lopes Rec Center   |   12:00pm-2:00pm   |   227 Dudley Street

Olneyville · Hartford ·Silver Lake

Riverside Park   |   11:15am-1:15pm   |   50 Aleppo Street
Donigian Park   |   10:45am-12:45pm   |   Valley Street
Hartford Park   |   11:00am-1:00pm   |   Across 300 Hartford Avenue
Joslin Park & Rec Center   |   11:30am-1:30pm   |   17 Hyat Street
Neutaconkanut Rec Center   |   11:45am-1:45pm   |   675 Plainfield Street
Manton Heights   |   12:30pm-2:00pm   |   21 Salmon Street
Wallace Street Park   |   12:00pm-2:00pm   |   Corner of Wallace and Cumerford


Encourages physical activity and creative engagement

Summer is a time for youth to be outdoors, enjoying our parks and recreation programs—a place where kids can be kids! Mayor Elorza is committed to seeing Providence become the healthiest, fittest city in all of New England, and that starts with healthy recreation for all residents. Our parks are playgrounds, sports fields, science labs and stages! 

  • The cost of the camp is $5 per week. 
  • Children will receive FREE lunch each day. 
  • All summer camp programs participate in summer reading for 30 minutes each day. Transportation to and from camp will not be provided, proof of residency is required. 
  • Payment will be accepted in the form of money order and bank check only. 
  • Personal checks or cash will not be accepted as form of payment. 
  • Camp will not be open on Tuesday, July 4th or Monday, August 14. 


Summer Day Camps

Throughout the city day camps will be offered at recreation centers to Providence residents for children between the ages of 6 to 12. Camps will run Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Each camp will have weekly field trips to museums, bowling, movies, and more. Campers will receive FREE breakfast and lunch at each location.

Summer Sports Camps

Summer sports camps are available to children of all ability levels. Campers will work on skills and learn sportsmanship in a fun and energetic atmosphere. Opportunities include golf, flag football, cheerleading, track and field, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and tennis.

Summer Specialty Education Camps

A series of specialty education camps will be offered to Providence school aged residents. Campers will have the opportunity to choose from sailing, creative arts, nature, music and dance, and bike riding at a dozen different camps. 

Registration for Providence Summer Camps will take place at:

Providence Recreation located at 11 West Dr. Providence, RI 02904.
Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm 

  • Monday, May 8th
  • Wednesday May 10th we will be open till 6:30pm


PlayCorps activates neighborhood parks across the city with free play, art and creative exploration in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program.

Join PlayCorps members for an exciting summer of play. Enjoy a free summer meal (18 and under) and build forts, blow bubbles, make art, make music, explore nature, make friends and SO much more! 

Fitness In The Parks

Fitness in the Parks PVD is an annual summer program of that coordinates free fitness opportunities in our community parks. Various partners work with community groups to coordinate a city--‐wide schedule of free fitness opportunities during the summer.

Save the date for the Fitness in the Parks program expo on July 8th from 10 am to 2pm in Roger Williams Park.

Providence Swim Program

To cool down, the city offers 5 public pools and 12 waterparks that are open from 12pm to 5pm Monday through Saturday during the months of July and August.

Swimming lessons are offered three times per week at various locations.

2017 Midnight Summer Basketball Program

Midnight Summer Basketball Program: The Providence Recreation Department will partner with the Providence Police Department to offer free midnight summer basketball to Providence residents 18 or older. Games will take place at 6p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The championship game will be at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday, August 20th.

Outdoor locations:

  • Bucklin Park
  • Davis Park
  • Davey Lopes Rec Center
  • Fox Point Park

Indoor (in case of rain):

  • Rodgers
  • West End (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Davey Lopes Rec Center
  • Vincent Brown
  • Zuccolo (Women’s League)

Signup locations

  • Recreation Main Office
  • Davey Lopes Recreation Center
  • Vincent Brown Recreation Center
  • West End Recreation Center
  • Rogers Recreation Center

Art, Culture + Tourism Opportunities

PVDFest 2017

June 1-4
Noon to midnight

Providence's signature art festival will return for its third edition June 1 - 4, 2017. Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is the Creative Capital and Mayor Jorge Elorza invites you to perform, create and sell with Providence’s own artistic talent. In its third year, PVDFest will expand to explore art education and public art installations, building on the success of the first two years of the festival.

Celebrate Providence: Independence Day

July 4
Time: 7pm - 10pm
India Point Park

A family-friendly tradition in Providence that honors the birth of our nation while bringing Providence’s diverse neighborhoods together for a cultural celebration featuring live music, poetry, art exhibitions, a taste of Providence’s famed culinary scene and some of the best fireworks this side of the Atlantic.

Celebrate Providence: 2017 Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative

July - August
Times Vary
Neighborhood Parks throughout the City 

The Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative is an annual summer-long performing arts series that encourages Providence-based non-profit organizations and artists to create public programming for the city's diverse neighborhoods. A testament to excellence in cross-departmental work; the partnership with Parks & Recreation allows the city to present high-quality, accessible performing arts in neighborhood parks throughout the city. Providence arts organizations and neighborhood groups receive grants that employ hundreds of Providence artists, engage youth in the arts and provide entertainment in neighborhood parks throughout the city.

Celebrate Downtown! Friday Night Concert Series at Waterplace Park

July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11
Waterplace Park

In what has become a mainstay of summers in Providence, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism continues the tradition the Parks Department's Office of Cultural Affairs began in 1996, to present free concerts from June through early August. Featuring a culturally-diverse array of artists, these outdoor concerts take place in beautiful Waterplace Park, set against the picturesque view of the Providence River Basin and the city skyline. A partnership with local radio station 95.5 WBRU over the past 8 years has allowed the series (and city) to gain exposure on a national level by having headlining acts perform for a nominal fee while allowing a local performer to share the stage.

Shakespeare En Verano

AC+T is sponsoring a creative collaboration between Trinity Rep, Rhode Island Latino Arts, The Steel Yard, and neighborhood residents in Olneyville with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The project will include free, outdoor public performances of bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s works at The Steel Yard and up to 2 other public spaces in 2017.

A La Rhody

Rhode Island’s rich history will be told through the taste buds in 2017, as local cultural and tourism organizations have united to celebrate the Ocean State’s culinary traditions with a series of events, exhibitions and promotions. The yearlong effort, called A La Rhody, will use a variety of lenses to view that state’s love affair with all things edible. A La Rhode is a collaboration of a consortium of groups, including the Providence Public Library; the Rhode Island Historical Society; the Providence Department of Art, Culture, & Tourism; Discover Newport; the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation; and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Increasing year-long learning and summer employment opportunities for Providence Youth

By providing our students with access to year-round learning opportunities we are making sure they spend the summer getting ahead, not falling behind. Mayor Elorza believes there is no better investment than those we make in our youth. Increasing the summer employment opportunities by 40% this summer, Providence young adults have access to a variety of summer employment opportunities to acquire the skills they need to success later in life.   

Mayor Jorge Elorza, along with the Providence Public School Department, Providence Public Library, and Providence Community Library, are very happy to announce that the Passport To Summer Learning Initiative is back for a second year! All Providence Public Schools students in grades K-5 received the passport before the end of the school year; a summer guide and reading tracker in both Spanish and English to be used as a summer guide for learning and adventures.

We would like to welcome every PreK-5 student in Providence to participate in the PASSPORT TO SUMMER LEARNING!

Inside the Passport you can:

  • Color in the map to track your reading!
  • Find out about all of the places throughout Providence to keep learning all summer long!
  • Find information about how to log onto READSquared to keep track of your summer reading and other links to online games and activities

Summer Learning Programs:
(Program available to PPSD students at no-cost)

Breakthrough Providence Summerbridge Program

Breakthrough Providence is an academic enrichment program for highly motivated, middle school students from Providence public schools. Designed to help students excel academically and socially as well as forge a successful path through college, the program prepares its students to succeed in middle school, and encourages them to enter college preparatory high schools. This summer Breakthrough Providence will serve 65 students entering grades 7-8. The program will hire 4 PPSD high school students as teaching fellows for the program, and additional high school students as volunteer supports.

BELL (Building Educated Leaders For Life) Foundation

The BELL Summer program is a full-day learning experience that combines academic instruction with fun and hands-on enrichment activities, field trips, and service projects. The program is designed to help scholars gain new academic skills and prepare to enter school in the fall ready to excel. BELL's award-winning 5 week summer learning program will deliver over 150 hours of extended learning for 420 elementary students in Providence. 

Providence After School Alliance

Students entering grades 6, 7, and 8 will have the opportunity to engage in the Providence After School Alliance summer program. In partnership with Providence Public Schools, the AfterZone Summer STEM Camp gets students out into the community for the summer while providing them with fun, hands-on, field learning experiences that focus on building science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, all while having fun under the summer sun!

Generation Teach

Will serve 150 students entering grades 5-8 in the GT STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Academy s a free 4- or 5-week summer academic acceleration program for middle-school students from partner schools. 

Providence Parks Little Libraries 

Various parks throughout the city have had small library boxes that have been installed for guests to borrow book from while enjoying the park. Books are available for readers of all ages. Readers are also encouraged to share books in different languages and reflect the diversity of our City. Currently there are 8 libraries in cities parks and another 6 to be installed before July 1st.

Libraries are located at: 

• Warren Street Park 

• Peace and Plenty Park, 

• General Street Park 

• Gladys Potter 

• Park Bucklin 

• Park Roger Williams Park-Near boathouse 

• Fargnoli Park 

• Viscolosi Park 

Libraries to be installed before July 1st:

• Morris Street Toto lot 

• Clarence Street Park 

• India Point Park 

• Riverwalk Riverside Parks 

• Dexter Park 

• Walking School Bus Path (Prairie Ave)


Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Jobs Opportunities

Providence Department of Parks and Recreation will hire Providence youth this summer to operate lunch program sites, camps and water parks across the city. All summer employment candidates must be at least 14 years old as of June 15, 2017 and must apply online before the May 3, 2017 deadline.

Office of Economic Opportunity Summer Jobs Opportunities

The Office of Economic Opportunity and Workforce Solutions of Providence and Cranston will offer summer jobs through partnerships with the following providers Academy for Career Exploration (ACE), AS220, Boys and Girls Club of Providence, Community Action Partnership of Providence (CAPP), Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP), Downcity Design, Lifespan, the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center and Young Voices.

Those interested must apply in person at the Providence Skills Center located at the Providence Place Mall, 31 Providence Place.


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