Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, Rhode Island
Roger Williams Park is 427 acres, situated in the south side of Providence. Land for the park was donated by Betsey Williams, a descendant of Roger Williams, founder of Providence and Rhode Island. The park is much too large and has too much to offer to fit into one post, so in honor of Hana Matsuri, the Japanese Flower Festival, we'll focus on the Japanese Gardens.
Yesterday, Bear and I decided to take advantage of the unusually warm spring weather, and enjoy the park.
There should be an annual cherry blossom festival, like they have in DC. All the (presumably) cherry trees were in bloom, with white and pink blossom-covered branches extending along the paths and draping gracefully toward the water.
The Japanese Garden is set on a couple of small islands in the middle of one of the park's ponds, connected by a series of arched wooden bridges. There are granite slab benches and paved paths that make great photo ops, and invite you to stay awhile.
Look closely to see Pat the Bear sitting on the apex of the bridge.
Plenty of other families had the same idea. We saw couples, groups and individuals of all ages enjoying a stroll or a seat near the water.
Amazon has a book chronicling the history of the park: The Jewel of Providence: An Illustrated History of Roger Williams Park, by David Marshall.