Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket

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Slater Park is the oldest and largest public park in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The park is named after Samuel Slater, a famous American industrialist who constructed America's first water-powered textile mill in Pawtucket. The park lies on the banks of the beautiful Ten Mile River and features the 1685 Daggett House, the oldest house in Pawtucket. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It also features an original Looff Carousel.HistoryCovering 197acre, the majority of the land was purchased by the city in 1894. The land of the original Daggett farm bore little resemblance to the park that exists today. The Providence Journal described the original tract as "...part swamp and part remains of a wornout farm... In its primitive state less than one-quarter of this area was open to the public. The rest was either densely wooded or so swampy that it was impossible to penetrate anywhere without sinking deep into the mud." Initial development of the park did not begin until 1907 when major improvements were made to this situation. All the swamp growth was removed in the process of turning the low-lying areas into ponds. The heavy underbrush on higher ground was also cleared out, while the established pines and maples were carefully preserved. At the same time, hundreds of oak and pine saplings were set out in selected areas, and grass was coaxed to grow once more on the abandoned fields. The result of these programs is a park which today displays a nearly even balance between grassy fields and open woods.
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  • This 197 acre park has lots to offer year round. My favorite activity is to walk the 4-mile bike path. It is mostly level and goes by an old canal and a large lake. IT is usually very peaceful, except...  more »
  • We went to view the Christmas tree trail just after sunset. There were a lot of people who had the same idea we did. This park was nicely laid out, and made the tree trail fun to walk. Each tree is de...  more »
  • Beautiful spots to walk and enjoy the park. The carousel was unfortunately closed and I didn't see any times posted; think it might be closed for the season now.  more »
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  • This is a great place to relax, unwind and chill in any season. A sm farm petting zoo, children's play area, and children's park equipment. It has several different garden areas: fish pond, pond with walk completely around it, and a gazebo garden area perfect for weddings. Tennis courts and a dog park. It also has the water paint society building and art display. During summer has paddling boat options. The newest addition, though small has a disk golf course.( it is not set up appropriately for proper playing and distance, still a nice activity option. Summer music festive, food shacks and much much more. For a park within city limits massive opportunities, and a great place to enjoy nature. Could clean up after the ducks, birds and geese a little better, but to be expected in a natural environment. A 5 star go too!!
  • Slater park is one of my favorite parks for quick hikes and visits. They have the cutest little farm w animals and the woman Dale who takes care of them is super friendly and will hold the animals for you so you can pet them. Great place for kids and adults. There's a nice pond where you can watch the ducks and in the summer paddle boat.
  • Slater is a great park to enjoy on a beautiful day. Everyone, walkers,bike riders, joggers, all age groups, and dogs have access to marked smooth paths, wooded trails, all fenced. There are areas that families set up for picnics and activities. At the moment, the swans, geese and ducks have the pond to themselves .
  • Great park for taking your kids for a stroll or letting them play in the children's park. Have a few farm animals that the kids enjoy. Also great spot for avid players of Pokemon Go.
  • It’s a Clean generally well maintained park. Nice views and quite a decent size as well. There is also a 3mile (I believe) bike path that is in good shape. There’s a good amount of tennis courts and they are nice. Also the best park I know of for Pokémon go there are plenty of gyms and stops. Paddle boats and the petting zoo are available in warmer seasons and there is also a small dog park separate for big and small.
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