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
The first day of registration for the 2013 Spring programs will be Monday, March 11, 2013 08:30am - 4:30pm, in the Parks & Recreation Main Office. Registration will continue from March 12, 2013, 8:30am - 4:30pm in the Parks & Recreation Office, and will continue until all programs are filled or camp begins. Registration is required in the 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. Non-resident registration begins Monday, March 18th and is for select adult classes ONLY! Non-Residents may register for trips one week prior to each trip departure pending availability.
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 Greenway
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 Carbuncle Pond in western Coventry. Our rail trail will provide all these and many more opportunities for our residents, as it will provide linkage to parks, schools, government centers, historic 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.
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. Without a Parks Department budget appropriation, 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. 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.
On November 2, 1999 the Coventry Greenway and Bicycle Path was expanded by an additional 7/10 of a mile. This brings the total length of our 12' wide paved path to 2.7 miles. Parking for access to the Greenway can be found at the Station Street crossing, at Paine Field, at Town Hall, and at the Ayoho Road crossing. We strongly encourage skaters and cyclists to wear safety equipment while on the path.
On September 5, 2003 the Town acquired a 2 acre parcel of land at 1532 Main Street. The paved parking area is intended for access and parking for the public's use of the Coventry Greenway. A State grant provided funding for the property.
To learn more about this exciting project contact the Coventry Parks and Recreation Department at 822-9107. You may also choose to join the "Friends of the Coventry Greenway", a citizens group organized to promote trail development.