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River Rangers

The River Rangers has been a program for twelve years now! Junior River Rangers are trained and led by the Greenway Leadership Team to maintain three parks (Merino Park, Donigian Park, and Riverside Park) and seven miles of bike path along the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway. This 2016 season, four local youths (between the ages of 18 and 24 years old) will be selected to serve as Junior River Rangers. Apply today!

River Rangers work for twenty two weeks from spring, summer and fall, performing landscape beautification and improvements including mowing, weed whacking, brush cutting, spot weeding, mulching, picking up litter, watering plants, sweeping, raking, river clean ups, tree pruning, fence repair, working with volunteers, and graffiti removal. In addition to physical maintenance of the Greenway, Rangers help keep the greenway healthy, beautiful, and safe by encouraging responsible use of the outdoor space from local community members. Rangers have the added responsibility of developing and leading volunteer initiatives and educating neighborhood youth using the greenway. River Rangers are our best advocates for the Woony Greenway!

Jr. Rangers at work along the Greenway

Jr. Rangers at work along the Greenway

River Rangers receive technical training in landscaping and maintenance as well as basic job skills training in the importance of punctuality, appropriate work place attire, and filling out times sheets. Rangers also learn life-long interpersonal and communication skills like conflict de-escalation, project management, project assessment and evaluation, and public speaking through community development and outreach.

Greenway Manager, Tom Galloway, Training Jr. Rangers

Greenway Manager, Tom Galloway, Training Jr. Rangers

The River Ranger team collaborates with the Police Department, Providence and Johnston Parks Department, the Providence Housing Authority, and local organizations, businesses, churches, recreation centers, and community members in their efforts to maintain the parks and bike path, and to educate and empower the watershed community.

The Ranger team is fundamental in keeping the parks and bike path along the Woonasquatucket River safe and well-kept for the community’s enjoyment, and the Ranger’s work is palpable throughout the watershed communities. Come visit the Greenway soon to enjoy the parks they work so hard to maintain!

Funded by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and United Way of Rhode Island.

Rangers Jennifer Recinos and Julio Javier teaching local youth the dos and don’ts of the Woonasquatucket River.2014 Jr. Rangers

Rangers Jennifer Recinos and Julio Javier teaching local youth the dos and don’ts of the Woonasquatucket River.

The 2014 Jr. Rangers

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