Location : 1277 Main Street
Mailing address : 1670 Flat River Road
Coventry, RI 02816
Phone: (401) 822-9107
Fax: (401) 822-9148
Monday - Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm
Spring program registration begins for Coventry residents Monday, March 7 from 8:30am- 4:30pm in the Guy L. Lefebvre Community Center.
Registration will continue in the Parks and Recreation office from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday March 7, 2016 or until programs fill. Registration is required in the Parks and Recreation office prior to the start of any program unless otherwise noted. All fees must be paid at the time of registration to receive specific policies and schedules. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Activities are offered to Coventry residents only, with registration accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
We do not give refunds. A $26 service charge will be assessed for any checks returned from the bank.
The Coventry Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel a program due to insufficient registration or any other cause that prevents the presentation of an activity in an acceptable manner. If schools cancel or close early due to inclement weather or any other reason, then all after school recreation programs will also be cancelled.
Conservation Areas, Briar Point Beach and Waterfront Sites
The Coventry Parks and Recreation Department is charged with developing a comprehensive year round program schedule for all populations from preschoolers to senior citizens. In addition to the ever popular summer playground program and other seasonal activities, new program initiatives are constantly being developed along with "NEW" events and trips.
The Department is also responsible for the Town's park property and municipal buildings. Working from a seasonal maintenance program identified by the Director and Maintenance Supervisor, the staff sets out in the repair and service of athletic fields, playgrounds, beaches, and play courts. Building maintenance responsibility extends to the Community Center, Foster Park Pavilion, the Coventry Teen Center, Central Coventry Park, Rice Field, and to some extent, the 17 outbuildings located at various athletic fields throughout the town. The Department understands the need for litter pickup by employing youth during the summer, and provides community service opportunities for scouts, students, and other community groups.
The Recreation Department also oversees the management of the Coventry Recreation Community Center where over 50 non-profit organizations meet for social, civic, and charitable functions.
Along with a Friends Group, the Coventry Parks and Recreation Department continues to develop plans and specifications to construct the Coventry Greenway along the abandoned Washington Secondary Railroad Corridor. The Coventry Greenway, now officially part of the East Coast Greenway corridor, will consist of a five mile paved bicycle path and trails for hiking, jogging, and horseback riding.
In an effort to meet the constant demand for passive and active recreational facilities the Parks and Recreation Department continues to develop major park sites along with the ongoing construction of the Coventry Greenway. The ever increasing population has also led to the Department's expansion of program offerings to the community.
Lead on Leagues
The Parks & Recreation Department maintains an updated list of League officials for all youth and adult programs. Click this link, COVENTRY SPORTS LEAGUES CONTACT INFORMATION for information, registration dates or contacts to League officials.
The Coventry Parks & Recreation Department is a member of the Rhode Island Recreation and Parks Association (RIRPA), the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and a member of the New England Park Association.
Park Property: Facilities by Location
Herbert F. Paine Memorial Park - Located at 1277 Main Street at the rear of the Coventry Recreation Comm. Center. Lighted baseball and softball fields and basketball court. Street hockey court, four tennis courts and playground. Seasonal food concessions and restrooms. (12 Acres)
John J. Giblin Memorial Recreation Area - Located in Hunter's Crossing off Knotty Oak Road, includes a softball field, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Also proposed are two additional play fields and a children's playground.
Foster Memorial Park - Located 1/4 mile north on Station Street from intersection of Main Street in Washington village. Four baseball/softball fields, three soccer fields, hiking trail, volleyball court. Seasonal food concession and restrooms. (86 Acres)
Rice Field - Located at 7 Knotty Oak Road, (Rte. 116). Offers a lighted football field. Baseball - Softball field, tennis court and playground. Seasonal food concession and portable restrooms. Proposed Restrooms, Pavilion, Basketball court and Gazebo. (8 Acres)
Central Coventry Park - Located at the end of Provident Place off Phillips Hill Road in Coventry Center. Presently offers playground facilities, two tennis courts and an 18 station fitness trail. Also Picnic facilities, soccer and softball fields are available. Recreation center, volleyball, bocce, and croquet courts are under development. (26 Acres)
Briar Point Beach and Picnic Area - Located on Lake Tiogue, the end of Briar Point Avenue off Arnold Road. Offers swimming and picnic facilities with lifeguards on duty from June 19th thru Labor Day. Playground facility and seasonal portable restrooms. (6 Acres)
Harris Playground - Howard Avenue
Quidnick Playground - McArthur Blvd.
Fish Hill Ballfields - Fish Hill Rd.
Wood Street Field - Wood Street
Quidnick Field - McArthur Blvd.
Proposed Neighborhood Playfields/Playgrounds
Arrowwood Subdivision (playground)
Mishnock Estates (playground)
Blackrock Subdivision (conservation area)
Walker Ridge (active playfields)
Cassissi Estates (playground)
Colonial Acres (playground)
Proposed Canoe Launches
Trestle Park - Pawtuxet River, from Main St., Quidnick
Wood Street Access - Pawtuxet River, Washington Village
Merrill S. Whipple Conservation Area - Pawtuxet River, Washington Village
Coventry Greenway - Pawtuxet River, from Pilgrim Ave, Anthony
Francis H. Sherman Mem. Park - Johnson's Pond, from old Rte 117, Cov. Ctr.
Public Boat Launches
Lake Tiogue - From Tiogue Ave. and North Glen Dr.
Flat River Reservoir - Zeke's Bridge, Harkney Hill Rd.
Carbuncle Pond - Route 14 (No gasoline engines)
Coventry Land Trust
The Coventry Section of the Greenway, a 9.2 Mile Linear Park
If you venture on the Coventry Greenway, you might find yourself hiking through the historic mill village of Anthony, cycling over the Pawtuxet River with its panoramic view of the river banks or trout fishing along the Moosup River or at Carbuncle pond, plying the freshwater fishing spots of either Stump or Johnson’s Pond in Western Coventry. Our rail trail provides many opportunities for the public to engage in recreational activities along the 9.2 miles of fully constructed bike and walk path on the Coventry Greenway. The trail provides linkage to parks, schools, government centers, historic mill sites, and commercial areas. The fifteen mile stretch of abandoned rail corridor, now under ownership of the Town of Coventry and D.E.M., extends from West Warwick to the Connecticut state border. Approximately six miles of rail property slated to be constructed by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation in the year 2017, lies west of Summit Street, the current end of the line for the Greenway trail.
Support for the Coventry Greenway initiatives, coordinated by the Coventry Parks & Recreation Department, has come from “City Year,” the R.I. National Guard, local scout troops, and student groups, as well as other civic organizations and area businesses. Funding has come from the Symms Trail Program, railroad demolition/salvage fees, legislative appropriations, fines, and donations. The Coventry Public Works Department was instrumental in completing drainage work, grading and bridge reconstruction, utilizing a grant from the US Forest Service Timber Bridge Demonstration Project; while the Parks division of the Parks and Recreation Department maintains 4.6 miles of the Greenway extending from the West Warwick line, extending to Acres of Pine Road. The first 1.5 mile paved section was opened to the public in September of 1998.
In October 1998, Coventry received a singular national honor when the Rails to Trails Conservancy recognized our trail as the 1,000th U.S. rail-trail conversion and dedicated the 10,000th mile in the village of Greene. The goal for the Greenway development organization is to connect states through a viable bike and walk path corridor extending down the entire east coast of the United States. The Town of Coventry is committed to assist in making Rhode Island the most Greenway friendly community among the participating states.
On November 2, 1999 the Coventry Greenway and Bicycle Path was expanded by an additional 7/10 of a mile, bringing the total length of 12' wide paved path to 2.7 miles at that time, later expanding to the current 9.2 mile stretch of smoothly paved and well-groomed trail. Parking for access to the Greenway can be found at the Station Street crossing, at Paine Field, at the Ayoho Road crossing and at Town Hall. Additional parking can be found at 1540 Main Street for cars and equestrian trailer parking. On September 5, 2003 the Town acquired the two-acre parcel of land on Main Street. These paved parking areas are intended for access and parking for the public's use of the Coventry Greenway. A Rhode Island state grant provided funding for the property.
We strongly encourage skaters, cyclists and those engaged in equestrian activities to wear safety equipment while on the trail.
Snow required winter activities along the Greenway include; snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The Coventry Parks and Recreation Department does not plow the Coventry section of the greenway during the winter months in order to make these snow related activities accessible to winter sport enthusiasts. If utilizing the Trail during snow conditions, proceed with caution. We strongly recommend that bicyclists and walkers refrain from use of the trail during winter’s icy conditions.
To learn more about this exciting project, contact the Coventry Parks and Recreation Department at 822-9107. You may also choose to learn about the many businesses and volunteer organizations that have “Adopted a Spot” along the Greenway in order to consider becoming a vital partner in the maintenance of the Coventry Greenway.