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Waterplace Park

Waterplace park is the crown jewel of the river relocation project. Its basin is home to WaterFire the extraordinary art spectacle created by Barnaby Evans. What was once divided by the railroad is now joined into a beautiful urban water park. The Woonasquatucket River may well be the most bridged river in the world – it is crossed here by more than twenty separate bridges – foot bridges, railroad bridges, interstate highway bridges, city bridges, mall promenades and parking decks. The bridge you are standing on is the Reverend Martin Luther King Bridge. From this bridge you can look to the east and see the Carrie Tower on Brown University’s campus where Reverend King spoke on November 9, 1960 the day John F. Kennedy won the Presidency. Coincidently both men had spoken in Providence within two days of each other – imagine having heard two of the world’s greatest orators back to back in Providence.