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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. Make Slater Memorial Park a centerpiece of your Pawtucket vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Pawtucket online tour itinerary planner.
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  • Slater Park is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It consist of walking paths, a farm, a beautiful river and lots of wildlife. It starts at Dagget field on Dagget Ave and continues to East... 
    Slater Park is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It consist of walking paths, a farm, a beautiful river and lots of wildlife. It starts at Dagget field on Dagget Ave and continues to East...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • I have been coming here since I was a kid and my fur kid LOVES it here. There are so many nice and safe places to walk all around the park so I frequent here often with the pups. I love the 10 mile river walk and bike path they have in the park and Leia loves the side trails surrounding it. We try to stick to those trails because they are so peaceful and comforting but when we're in a rush, we usually stick to the dog park or to doing loops in and around the park. There are many things to do here but the trails by far, are my favorite and you can easily access them on the bike path. On a side note, I love the old school carousel when she's up and running. I even go on rides as an adult because it reminds me of the good moments I had as a child at this park. My favorite animal to ride is the dog of course! Stop into the mini zoo they have as well with the goats and Guinea hens, it's adorable to see the kiddos reactions to the animals and it may just make you happy to see them as well.
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