Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket

#33 of 62 in Parks in Rhode Island
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 Loof 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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