Town Launches Parks & Rec Master Plan: Dreamers Welcome

by | Jan 14, 2022

Above: The EG Parks & Rec Ramblers Group on an outing in November.

Looking to hear what residents think

Think East Greenwich should build an indoor ice rink? Offer a more robust activity calendar for seniors? Create a public marina? Add more activities available to people with disabilities? Or maybe things are just fine the way they are. If you have any of these thoughts – or others – relating to the town’s recreational offerings and facilities, the town wants to hear from you. 

East Greenwich is working on what it is calling a “Comprehensive Community Services and Parks Master Plan” to document what the town has now, what it needs, and what the future could look like, taking into account a growing and changing population.

The project is being led by Community Services Director Andy Wade, working with engineering firm BL Companies, planning consultants Horsley Witten Group, and recreation advisors Sports Facilities Advisory.

But residents are an essential part of the process. 

“The Town needs to understand how residents utilize community services, parks and recreation amenities, if existing facilities and programs are meeting the needs of residents, and what the projected future trends in community services, parks and recreation are,” read a press release this week from the Community Services and Parks Department.

In putting together the master plan, the team will:

  • Collect and analyze data on existing programs and facilities, as well as looking at demographics for the town and larger trends;
  • Engage with residents through public workshops, an online survey, interviews with various stakeholders and focus groups. 

To learn more about the project and how to get involved, visit the project webpage HERE, or contact Community Services Director Andrew Wade at [email protected]; project manager Mike Moonan: [email protected]; or public engagement manager Craig Pereira at [email protected].

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8 Comments

  1. bruce

    An ice rink would be nice IF we can afford it. We used to have one called Midlands Arena. Maybe that could be looked into. Think it’s a storage facility now.
    Also, a skateboard park might keep kids from doing their skateboarding on Main Street and other places, where they could be considered a nuisance.
    EGHS needs a swimming pool.
    My only question is, can you do these things without adding burden to the EG taxpayer ?

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    • dan

      isn’t there still a skatepark at the high school?

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      • Elizabeth McNamara

        There is.

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        • Isaac

          Should we consider an Ice rink? Private teams and local high schools are battling for time at west Warwick and Warwick.
          Realistically, if a high quality rink is built, we could bring in Prout (currently in URI), Coventry, Hendricken, and the Hitmen/Saints organization. Currently these teams are taking ice from multiple rinks because they cannot get enough time at a single rink.
          The funding could be there for a 2 rink facility with updated amenities.

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  2. Stephen Bartlett

    I hope the master plan will include a dog park. – Steve Bartlett

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  3. Brad

    Ice rink would be really cool

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  4. Bruce

    Then why do I see kids skateboarding on Main St and Cliff St. ? Maybe one has to be built closer to town.
    Just saying for a friend.

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  5. JUSTIN CAHIR

    Maybe a sensory specific playground for the special needs children in our community. It’s the least we could do since our schools don’t seem to be catering to them!

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