Merino Park | Kids Out and About Providence

Merino Park

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Dennis J. Roberts Expy
Providence , RI , 02909
Phone: +1 401-785-9450
41° 49' 18.4728" N, 71° 27' 19.2204" W
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Lisa Aurecchia
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This Hartford neighborhood park is a woodsy oasis behind route 6. Accessible via pedestrian bridge over Rt 6, with a connection to Lippitt Memorial Bike Path, it includes soccer fields, a walking path, lighted basketball courts, and play equipment for ages 2-12. The park has always been a popular destination for city kids, both today and in the 20th century. In the 1940s, it had the rare feature of a small pond, known as the Merino swimming hole, that received water from the Woonasquatucket River. Merino Park sits on land once owned by the 19th Merino Mills company that was located on what is currently Lincoln Lace & Braid park, just off of Ponagansett Avenue and near the Woonasquatucket River. The name Merino originates from the prevalence of Merino wool in the local textile industry. In the late 19th century, the nearby area around the park was even called Merino Village.

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