promote, protect, and improve the Park as an informal, natural open space

Friends of India Point Park

Friends of India Point Park

15 Years Carrying Out the Friends of India Point Park (FIPP) Mission

To protect and enhance India Point Park’s informal, unstructured natural beauty and preserve it as a refuge from the city and the built environment

Sparked by the relocation of I-195, Friends of India Point Park (FIPP) was founded in January, 2000, to advocate on behalf of the Park because trees don’t vote.
Our mission emphasizes protecting the Park’s “quirky, free-spirited nature,” “unencumbered landscape,” and “wide views of the city waterfront” on land that 42 years ago was railroad yards and a scrap metal pile.
Our accomplishments, resulting from years of advocacy and working closely with our elected representatives, city and state government officials, and other citizen’s groups, include:

Stopping buildings and concrete from encroaching on the Park

  • Parking garage planned by Brown for 700 spaces on the waterfront across from the Park.
  • Ferry terminal and information center planned by RIPTA and the Parks Department on the Park’s narrowest shoreline, near the Shooters site.
  • Another classroom building for Community Boating Center on the Park’s narrowest shoreline.
  • Wide “multi-modal” shoreline path. Cyclists are now routed along India Street’s sidewalk.
  • Distance markers along the shoreline path advocated by regular walkers.

Reducing the visual impact of physical structures

  • Rope climbing structures on the playground allow water views and evoke nautical rigging.
  • Low retaining wall in the playground displays the mosaic mural of nautical scenes.
  • Low historic signs on the shoreline, or signs perpendicular to the shoreline on wooden posts.
  • Public use zoning applied to the Shooters site with height limits and ban on residences or hotel.
  • Smaller parking lot on India Street than planned; it was supposed to be broken up by trees.
  • Concrete walls covered by bushes and vines on the pedestrian bridge and along I-195.

Protecting trees and informal landscaping

  • Large oak tree softens and shades the pedestrian bridge. DOT had planned to remove it.
  • 35 mature trees transplanted by DOT at our urging, replacing those removed without notice.
  • Trees planted on the Park side of Brown’s studio building.
  • Informal landscaping of native species abound on and around the pedestrian bridge.
  • Invasive species cut back: FIPP’s 5-year pruning project opened water views of the Seekonk.
  • FIPP Art show: paintings and photographs celebrating India Point Park displayed at City Hall.

Advocating for

  • Burial of power lines. After a 13-year campaign and $17 million raised, we’re still at it.
  • Permeable paths of crushed stone in the Park, instead of paved; DOT disagreed.
  • Natural boulders along the India St. sidewalk, rather than the rectangular blocks DOT installed.
  • Down lighting along India Street, which was promised but not installed.