Located next to historic Roger Williams Park, the Broad Street Gateway and Visitor’s Center is poised to increase community access to the park; inviting visitors to celebrate this incredible public asset. Following various transit, bike, and pedestrian routes, there are many cultural, educational, and retail destinations, activities, and institutions leading from downtown Providence into Roger Williams Park. Creating a visitor’s center as a destination encourages new potential for patronage of these numerous businesses. Additionally, it will introduce amenities and services to invigorate, encourage, and expand the rich cultural identities found along Broad Street and its surrounding neighborhoods.
The gateway and visitor’s center will appear as an extension of the street. It erases the strong boundary and threshold conditions that currently exist between the park and Broad Street. Conceptually, this new gateway will always be open, as a model of inclusivity for potential visitors and neighborhood residents. The Visitor’s Center will provide an identity to the park as a signifier of the park’s diverse activities. The water retention and educational opportunities provided by the gateway and visitor’s center are fundamental drivers and organizational tools employed throughout the site’s design. This project is removing blacktop from the city and returning it to the public as an amenity.