Press Release: City of East Providence announces RFQ for new community center

City of East Providence announces RFQ for new community center

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EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – The City of East Providence has rolled out a request for qualifications seeking an architect for the conceptual design of a new state-of-the-art 20,400-square-foot community center.

The center will operate as a community and police wellness center where East Providence residents and members of the East Providence Police Department are able to join together and collaborate on programs and events.

Currently, the City of East Providence, does not have a recreation center for its families, despite the fact that twice, the residents of East Providence voted in favor of financing a recreation center (in 2002 and 2004).

“We are committed to providing our residents with a shared space to serve as a community wellness center, while also providing our police personnel with a place to conduct planning and training and community outreach programs such as National Night Out, R.A.D. Women Physical Defense courses, citizen police academies, liaison communication projects and so much more,” Mayor Bob DaSilva said.

This center will be a place where the City’s Recreation Department can host a number of youth programs and it will also serve as a location for intergenerational activities.

“This center will be a place where our community can continue to interact with members of our law enforcement in a fun and productive manner,” DaSilva added. “It’s a win-win for everyone in our community.”

The RFQ is the first step in seeking a preliminary design and cost estimate for the center, which is slated to feature basketball and futsal courts, female and male locker rooms, exercise/weight area, conference rooms and offices. The RFQ is available here: