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Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket

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Slater Park is the oldest and largest public park in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The park is named after Samuel Slater, a famous American industrialist who constructed America's first water-powered textile mill in Pawtucket. The park lies on the banks of the beautiful Ten Mile River and features the 1685 Daggett House, the oldest house in Pawtucket. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It also features an original Looff Carousel.HistoryCovering 197acre, the majority of the land was purchased by the city in 1894. The land of the original Daggett farm bore little resemblance to the park that exists today. The Providence Journal described the original tract as "...part swamp and part remains of a wornout farm... In its primitive state less than one-quarter of this area was open to the public. The rest was either densely wooded or so swampy that it was impossible to penetrate anywhere without sinking deep into the mud." Initial development of the park did not begin until 1907 when major improvements were made to this situation. All the swamp growth was removed in the process of turning the low-lying areas into ponds. The heavy underbrush on higher ground was also cleared out, while the established pines and maples were carefully preserved. At the same time, hundreds of oak and pine saplings were set out in selected areas, and grass was coaxed to grow once more on the abandoned fields. The result of these programs is a park which today displays a nearly even balance between grassy fields and open woods.
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  • Before covid, you could rent duck boats, ride the carousel, visit the petting farm and play at the playground. But it's still a nice park with baseball fields, a dog park, soccer & baseball field...  more »
  • I take my grandson here regularly to look at the ducks and walk around the park. He loves it. The playground can be busy in warmer months so best to go early or later in the day. The ice cream stand....  more »
  • I LOVED it here. We went paddling for the first time ever on sunday. And then to our surprise there was an art festival right next to the pond. The food trucks were cute the music was good and I couldn’t help but buy cute antiques. The parking was great and we ended it all off with Lens chowder. Yum!
  • This is the same park I've enjoyed more than 60 years. Such fond memories of extended family gatherings and the picnic areas and so many other facilities are still the same. There for others to enjoy equally or more.
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