SWAP continues to lead the team effort to revitalize Trinity Square
A new facade for Gateway Cemetery
Gateway Cemetery has a very long history on the south side. Formerly known as the Grace Church Cemetery, it dates back to the 1800’s when Trinity Square was considered outside the downtown and almost suburban! For most of its history it was an asset to the neighboring community both for its purpose and for its pinnacle location in Trinity Square. But time and limited resources took their toll and by the 1970’s the cemetery began to look its age.
As SWAP began to work along the Broad Street and Elmwood corridors it became obvious to all that something needed to happen to restore the cemetery as an asset in the community.
Working with Grace Church, the City of Providence and many community stakeholders and residents, SWAP sought funds to replace the perimeter fencing and to provide much needed care to the very old and beautiful trees throughout. It took several years but it was worth the time and effort.
On May 20, 2017 SWAP Staff & Board, Church Members, and local residents joined forces to plant new gardens and clean up the pedestrian entrances of the Cemetery. Visitors and neighbors can walk through the gates and wander through this historic gem.