india point park

Named after the bustling port at which numerous trading voyages to the East and West Indies were launched during the 1700’s, the India Point Park site had for many years been occupied by a junkyard, abandoned railroad tracks, and other industrial uses. Working with the India Point Park Committee, government officials, and several residents from the neighboring Fox Point community, this 18-acre facility has been transformed into an iconic, signature park within the City of Providence.

Opened in 1974, India Point Park is located on 3,600 feet of shoreline along the Seekonk and Providence Rivers. The park was designed as a predominantly natural, unrestricted open space offering recreational activities for people of all ages and interest groups. The myriad of uses offered by the park include exercising, walking, bicycling, organized sports, fishing, relaxation, and bird-watching. Graceful, meandering paths combine with strategically located plantings of shrubs and large shade trees to create an intimate park setting that also frames dramatic, panoramic views of Narragansett Bay. In addition to the many active and passive recreation opportunities offered, the park serves as an outdoor classroom for many local schools and colleges, and is the setting for a multitude of outdoor events such as the Waterfront Festivals, public art installations, and concerts. Providing residents of Providence and surrounding communities a spectacular oasis within the dense urban fabric, India Point Park successfully serves the most diverse population of the city’s three most heavily used parks and has realized the dream of the late Mary Elizabeth Sharpe.






Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Client: Town of Holbrook
Completion Date: 2018


WDA Design Group
   Michael Dowhan
   Erik Vangsness
   Ramon Ibarlucea
Flansburgh Architects - Architect
Nitsch Engineering - Civil Engineer
Garcia, Galuska and DeSousa Consulting Engineers - Electrical Engineer


Landscape Architecture
Regulatory Permitting