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Citywide Summer Cookout Schedule

Mayor Elorza Announces Citywide Summer Cookout Schedule

Neighborhood cookouts to be held at recreation centers from 6:00pm-8:00pm throughout the summer, offer free food and family-friendly activities


PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined Providence Parks and Recreation, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Healthy Communities Office to announce the schedule for citywide summer cookouts which will offer free food and family friendly activities and be held in recreation centers on select dates from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Providence fields, parks, pools, waterparks and recreation centers have seen vast improvements and an expansion in programming in recent years through investments supported by Mayor Elorza and the Providence City Council. This season, city pools will offer new outdoor grills, beach tables and chairs as well as shading structures to enhance the experience of visitors.

Mayor Elorza will join Providence Recreation Director Michael Stephens and staff as well as community members at Zuccolo Recreation Center on Tuesday, July 17 at 7:15pm to kick off the citywide summer cookouts. Press is invited to join.

The Citywide Summer Cookout schedule is below:

  • Tuesday, July 17 at Zuccolo Recreation Center, 18 Gesler Street
  • Tuesday, July 24 at Davey Lopes Recreation Center, 227 Dudley Street
  • Monday, July 30 at West End Recreation Center, 109 Bucklin Street
  • Tuesday, August 7 at Neutaconkanut Recreation Center, 675 Plainfield Street
  • Wednesday, August 15 at Rogers Recreation Center, 60 Camden Avenue

Last year, the City launched EAT, PLAY, LEARN PVD, a one-stop-shop to provide youth access to engaging summer programming and healthy, nutritional summer meals. As part of the effort, public pool facilities and waterparks also serve as summer meal sites that offer free meals to Providence residents ages 18 and under. City pools are open Monday through Saturday, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm while waterparks are open Monday through Saturday, from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

Pool locations include:

  • McGrane Pool at West End Recreation Center, 404 Dexter Street
  • Almagno Pool at Neutaconkanut Recreation Center, 675 Plainfield Street
  • Selim Rogers Recreation Center, 60 Camden Avenue
  • Zuccolo Recreation Center, 18 Gesler Street
  • Davey Lopes Recreation Center, 227 Dudley Street


Waterpark locations include:

  • Al Carrington Water Park – at Richardson Park, 64 Richardson Street, corner of Richardson Street and Prairie Avenue
  • Billy Taylor Water Park, 124 Camp Street, off Cypress Street
  • Sackett Street Water Park, 110 Sackett Street, across from Sackett Street Recreation Center
  • Harriet & Sayles Water Park, 375 Sayles Street, corner of Harriet and Sayles Streets
  • General Street Water Park, 11 West Drive, off Admiral Street
  • George West Water Park, 1266 Chalkstone Ave, corner of Chalkstone and Mt Pleasant Ave
  • Fargnoli Water Park, 945 Smith Street, close to Academy Ave
  • Fox Point Water Park – at Cabral Park, 505 Wickenden Street, next to Vartan Gregorian School
  • Neutaconkanut Recreation Center Water Park, 675 Plainfield Street, near Killingly Street
  • Wallace Street Park, 1 Wallace Street
  • Pastore Park, corner of Knight Street and Tell Street
  • Joslin Recreation Center, 17 Hyatt Street
  • Chad Brown Water Park, Chad Brown Street

All Providence youth 18 and under are eligible to receive free summer meals through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (Summer Meals). Last summer over 145,000 meals were served at recreation centers, parks, and in collaboration with youth- serving organizations and programming. No registration is required to participate.

Summer meal locations and hours include:


Elmhurst · Valley · Mt. Pleasant

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

Federal Hill · West End

  • Pastore Park                           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

South Side

  • Ellery Park                                11:00am-1:00pm                 Ellery Street (Across 84 Ellery Street)
  • Harriet and Sayles Park                     11:45am-1:45pm                 199 Oxford Street
  • Rollins Rec Center/Pool                    12:00pm-2:00pm                 674 Prairie Avenue
  • 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

Charles · Wanskuck · Smith Hill

  • Father Lennon/Camden Ave           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

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.)

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                                          11:30am-1:30pm                 17 Hyat Street
  • Neutaconkanut Park                          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

For more information and to find the nearest open recreation facility, residents can call the Providence Recreation Department’s main office at 401-680-7300, visithttp://www.providenceri.gov/providence-recreation/ or contact the Mayor’s Center for City Services by dialing 3-1-1 or visiting http://www.providenceri.gov/pvd-311/.