City of East Providence hops to it, installs new sculptures at Riverside Square



March 20, 2022


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City of East Providence hops to it, installs new sculptures at Riverside Square 


EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – City of East Providence has unveiled three family-friendly sculptures at Riverside Square which will bring smiles to the faces of residents for generations to come, thanks to the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation’s Main Street Rhode Island Streetscape Improvement Grant.

The city unveiled three bunny sculptures today and three patio areas with pavers. Bike racks will be installed and landscaping in the area will be completed in the spring.

“It is my intention to celebrate the playful experience of riding bicycles typically learned by children when quite young and to symbolize that joyful experience with these three characters in a manner that can be appreciated by people of all ages,” Sculptor Peter Diepenbrock said. “I believe this family of playful characters will provide a colorful, fun-loving theme for the local community, and for those passing through.”

The city, together with Mr. Diepenbrock, worked to provide a fun atmosphere in Riverside Square.  

“Thousands of families with young children in tow use our beautiful East Bay Bike Path,” Mayor DaSilva said. “Our hope is that these unique, playful sculptures will encourage bike path users to stop and enjoy the sculptures and learn about and visit some of the local businesses in Riverside Square.”

The $69,000 grant award enables the City of East Providence to pay for costs associated with way-finding signs, landscaping, public art, and design elements in the Riverside Square area. The City provided $30,000 to the project based on the grant match requirement.