But look beyond all that. The 195 commission has removed much of the scrambled brush, saplings and milkweed that used to impeded the pedestrian. Brush that used to catch blown newspapers and plastic bags has been cut back. And the nascent homeless encampment no longer has its grassy bed and sheltering shrubs.
Drop by today and you'll have a clear path that runs (or walks, depending on your inclination) from the south end intersection of Eddy, Ship and Dyer Streets along the Narragansett Bay Commission "canal" and around onto the Providence River embankment and upriver on the River Walk into DownCity.
People have already discovered our Park's quiet pleasures. You'll find them enjoying a morning jog, a lunchtime walk, a sunset stroll (4:30 pm seems early for the sun to go down, but that's winter for you), an evening promenade... loosing a happy dog to persuade geese to go elsewhere to graze... taking in the view across at the east side of the river where the marvelous19th-century warehouses glow in the late afternoon sun.
Fishermen cast their lines out toward the I-195 piers. While they wait for bites, those piers wait for the pedestrian bridge construction to begin next year. The bridge will give CiTY WALK a direct route across the river on its way from Roger Williams Park to India Point Park. CiTY WALK plans here.
A birdwatcher spends his lunch hour scanning for birds in the trees that line the area across the canal. Those trees will shield park-goers from the view of the new switchgear building and transformer yard National Grid is about to build there. Details here. Next door, as part of its redevelopment of the old power plant, South Street Landing will extend the River Walk around the transformer yard and on downstream to the parklet at Point Street.
For a little local color: a few pictures of late blooming flowers, an overview of the park from the Dyer Street entrance and some reminders of the narrow escape we had last summer. (Keep an eye out for any hints that the ball park notion may be coming back to life. We believe it is dead... but you never know.)