What you need to know!

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

•Control your weight
•Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
•Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
•Reduce your risk of some cancers
•Strengthen your bones and muscles
•Improve your mental health and mood
•Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
•Increase your chances of living longer

If you’re not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you’re afraid of getting hurt, the good news is that moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, is generally safe for most people.

Start slowly. Cardiac events, such as a heart attack, are rare during physical activity. But the risk does go up when you suddenly become much more active than usual. For example, you can put yourself at risk if you don’t usually get much physical activity and then all of a sudden do vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, like shoveling snow. That’s why it’s important to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity.

If you have a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease, talk with your doctor to find out if your condition limits, in any way, your ability to be active. Then, work with your doctor to come up with a physical activity plan that matches your abilities. If your condition stops you from meeting the minimum Guidelines, try to do as much as you can. What’s important is that you avoid being inactive. Even 60 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is good for you.

Red Shed – Aprils Girls Bike Camp

For the first time, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council’s Red Shed Bike Shop is offering an all-girls April Bike Camp! Girls Bike Camp will focus on helping young girls who have little or no biking experience become strong and confident riders.

Camp is open to girls ages 8-13 and runs during Providence public school vacation week, April 17-21. Each day includes lessons in smart cycling, bike mechanics and environmental stewardship along with group rides along the Woonasquatucket River. Girls who don’t know how to ride are encouraged to sign-up.

Free bikes, helmets and locks to keep are provided for all campers.

April Vacation Girls Bike Camp starts at 9am and ends at 3pm Monday-Friday, April 17-21, 2017.

Camp is held at the Red Shed Bike Shop in Olneyville’s Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo Street Providence, RI 02909.

Camp is only $5 (refundable if the child attends) for Olneyville kids! Make sure to sign up soon – space is extremely limited! First come, first served for 10 camp spots.

To sign your child up, please contact the Red Shed at (469)708-9792 or Red Shed is a program of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. (link to:

3 for Free


For three days over April vacation, Providence Police officers and Olneyville residents serve as coaches in order to provide youth in Olneyville a free three day mini sport camp (youth can chose basketball, soccer or flag football). Participating in team sports like this encourages physical activity, instills self-confidence and teaches cooperation and sportsmanship as well as other life-skills.  They also get a chance to form and build relationships with Providence Police Officers, strengthening the youth and law enforcement relationship in Olneyville.

We are now accepting registrations for boys and girls ages 5-16 to participate in free basketball, soccer, or flag football camps April 18th, 19th and 20th. For more information, please call Tina at: 401-351-8719 ext 117.

Bike Path

---Providence, RI---July 9, 2008: Children and adults ride through lush foliage approaching Glenbridge Avenue as the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council hosts a bicycle ride on the new bike path along the river from Riverside Mills Park, on Aleppo Street in Providence, to Lyman Street, in Johnston and return. The Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman

The Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path starts at Waterplace Park in downtown Providence, goes under Providence Place Mall, and runs up the Woonasquatucket River through Providence and into Johnston. It currently includes 5 city parks, 2.8 miles of on-road bike path, and 2.9 miles of off-road bike path.  Four, out of the eight, best places to access the bike path are in Olneyville at these locations: Donigian Park, Riverside Park, Merino Park, and the Manton Ave. Gateway. To access the bike path map click on this link:

River Rangers


The River Rangers, a program of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, is starting its 12th season in 2017! Click here (link to: to see if Jr Ranger positions are still available and apply! Junior River Rangers are trained and led by the Greenway Leadership Team to maintain three parks (Merino Park, Donigian Park, and Riverside Park) and seven miles of bike path along the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway.

River Rangers work spring through fall, performing landscape beautification and improvements including mowing, weed whacking, brush cutting, spot weeding, mulching, picking up litter, watering plants, sweeping, raking, river clean ups, tree pruning, fence repair, working with volunteers, and graffiti removal. In addition to physical maintenance of the Greenway, Rangers help keep the greenway healthy, beautiful, and safe by encouraging responsible use of the outdoor space from local community members. Rangers have the added responsibility of developing and leading volunteer initiatives and educating neighborhood youth using the greenway. River Rangers are our best advocates for the Woony Greenway!

Junior Rangers receive technical training in landscaping and maintenance as well as basic job skills training in the importance of punctuality, appropriate work place attire, and filling out times sheets. Rangers also learn life-long interpersonal and communication skills like conflict de-escalation, project management, project assessment and evaluation, and public speaking through community development and outreach. River Rangers is a program of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (link to:

Walking School Bus


The Olneyville Walking School Bus also known as the D’Abate Express is run by ONE Neighborhood Builders and it provides children, at William D’Abate Elementary, who live within a mile of their school and who do not qualify for bus pick-up and drop-off, a safe way to get to and from school. Volunteers guide students to school and back home. Children get to make new friends, and also get healthy snacks and learn how to safely walk in the city. To volunteer as a WSB monitor please contact Karelin Marcia at or call 401-351-8719 ext. 115.

Red Shed Bike Camp

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  • Bike camp is held at the Red Shed Bike Shop in Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo St. Providence, RI; for youth ages 8-14 years old. The week-long camps include daily lunch, lessons in bike mechanics, a great group ride, and a bike and helmet for participants who do not have one! Participation cost is $200 per week, and Scholarships are available for Olneyville youth. For more Bike camp info:

June 26-30: 9am – 3pm (focus is on beginner riders)
July 3-7: 9am – 3pm (focus is on beginner riders)
July 10-14: 9am – 3pm
July 17-21: 9am – 3pm
July 24-28: 9am – 3pm
July 31 to Aug 4: 9am – 3pm
August 7-11: 9am – 3pm
August 14-18: 9am – 3pm (focus on advanced older riders)

Recycle a Bike


Educating, empowering, and building community by connecting people and bicycles is their mission! Located on 12 Library Court, Providence, RI 02909 in Olneyville Square (at the Westminster/Manton intersection). Recycle-A-Bike offers Open Shop Hours: Tuesdays:5-8pm and Saturdays: 10am-2pm, where visitors can use their bike stands, specialized tools and space to make repairs or do routine maintenance on their bikes. Besides Open Shop, they offer these other programs: Wrenching Wednesdays, a one-night bike repair education workshops; W.T.F. (Women, Trans, Femme) Nights an open-shop-style space is made available to people who identify as female, transgender, femme, genderqueer, trans-masculine, trans-feminine, or feel their socialization or treatment as a woman/trans person*/femme has impeded their participation in bike mechanics; MetRAB a certification program, in partnership with the Met High school, for students to become Junior Bike Mechanics; and Bike Valet service to local events by bringing bike support. For more on Recycle a Bike visit their Website:

Clean Days on the Greenway

Clean Days on the Greenway, a program of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, offers hands-on opportunities for you to enjoy nature in the great outdoors, right here in the heart of Olneyville. We will kick off activities this year on Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd at Merino Park. Visit us online here (link to: ror more information! We will continue with Clean Days activities throughout 2017. Join the River Rangers and your neighbors in helping to beautify, improve and clean the beautiful Woonasquatucket River Greenway! Taking care of your neighborhood parks and river is a great way to get active and meet people. Visit us online here (link to: to see what’s coming up next. Do you want to set up a special day for your family or group to volunteer? Contact Nicole at or 401-861-9046! Clean Days is a program of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (link to:



Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.

Adults need at least ONE of the following:

2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity(i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).