- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A group of local nonprofits and residents are sprucing up J.T. Owens Park in Providence as a tribute to the neighborhood that once existed at the site.

RIPR-FM reports (https://bit.ly/1RQnGRj ) the park will be home to a small orchard, with volunteers planting the first fruit trees Friday.

The West Elm neighborhood, one of the first racially integrated sections of Providence, was bulldozed in the early 1960s to build an industrial park.

UPP Arts artistic director Holly Ewald says the commemorative orchard is “a way to bring people who used to live there together to plant the trees.”

Ewald says pear, cherry and apricot trees will be planted. The trees were donated by the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program.

The orchard is part of a project funded by a PopUp Providence grant.

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Information from: RIPR-FM, https://www.wrni.org/

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