City Life

Fundraising Has Begun for Improvements to Prospect Terrace

Restorations and improvements are coming to the "Jewel of the City"

East Side Monthly Magazine ·

Often called “The Jewel of the City,” with its breathtaking view of Providence and the stately statue of our founder, Prospect Terrace is certainly a treasure to the community. Now the College Hill Neighborhood Association (CHNA) in conjunction with the Providence Parks Department is raising money to fund certain improvement and restoration projects for the park.

“The CHNA project was initiated about two years ago and has been coordinating efforts with the Parks Department,” says Sara Bradford of the CHNA Save Prospect Terrace Park Committee. The last renovations were done 28 years ago by the Parks Department, with only routine maintenance in the nearly three decades since. Improvements will bring the park into compliance with ADA standards, repairing the wall and fences, replacing old benches and improving the landscaping. Signs will be put in place that will outline the history of the park – from its conception in the 1860s through the design of the Roger Williams monument in 1930 – and point out significant landmarks in the city for visitors taking in the view.

The project is being funded through crowdsourcing via the Friends of Prospect Terrance Park GoFundMe page, as well as through a partnership with the City. “The present [GoFundMe] campaign will provide funds to get started,” explains Bradford. “We understand that we have a long way to go to get the money needed for this important project.”

In its first two weeks, the project had raised $3,400 of its $15,000 goal. For more information or to donate to the project, visit


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