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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 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 park also has many fun things to do, from a petting zoo, to large playground, to carousel (warning: goes VERY fast, and horses do not go up and down, but still great fun!). Also has an amazing bi...  more »
  • This park has so much to offer. On a beautiful day, my daughter and I visited the park. We walked the bike trail, which is quite scenic, and watched swans swim and dive for food, as well as enjoyed th...  more »
  • This park is wonderful. There are areas to picnic, a playground for children, events that are scheduled, an area to buy food, tennis courts, basketball courts, a path to ride bicycles or walk plus a f...  more »