Providence Park Pavilion

ARO’s resilient design of a new 195 District Park Food & Beverage Pavilion provides a public amenity in the heart of Providence’s new Park. After 45 years of dividing the Providence River from the rest of the city, the relocation of the I-195 highway and burgeoning riverfront park is fostering the city’s economic growth. Through architecture, food, and new public art, the Park Pavilion will strengthen community relationships, bolster local businesses, and deepen the public’s appreciation for the new District as it continues to transform.

Rendering of one-story building in a park setting

The new 3,500 SF building will draw and orient visitors to the park, whether they are arriving from the Jewelry District, Downtown Providence, or the nearby Van Leeston Memorial Pedestrian Bridge. The Pavilion will offer concessions from two local businesses, as well as public bathrooms and support space for park staff. New public seating around the Pavilion makes the park a comfortable place to gather and supports park programming. Topped by a cantilever that provides shade, a green roof integrates the building with the park landscape and minimizes storm water run-off.


  • Aerial rendering of a one story building with a green-roof on the water
  • Rendering of the interior of Food & beverage Pavilion, with views out to Providence
  • Rendering of people gathering in exterior seating under a canopy

The Pavilion encourages year-round gathering and use of the Park as an accessible place to eat and drink, supporting the local economy and inviting the public to forge new memories here.

Rendering of a one-story building in park setting at dusk
Rendering of a one-story building in a park setting
Providence Food & Beverage Pavilion Receives Final Approval