Woonsocket - World War II Veterans Memorial State Park


After the state began managing the park in the 1960s, a bathhouse and beach were installed. Later, under the direction of city planner, Robert L. Bendick, Jr. ( who went on to become the Director of the state Department of Environmental Management), a combination of state, Federal, and community agencies revamped the park with lawns and a fountain. Footpaths, playground equipment, tennis and volley ball courts were added. The former bathhouses and decks from the 1960s were replaced, and the park assumed its popular sobriquet, “Social Ocean.” In May of 1977, the present name of World War II Veterans Memorial State Park was dedicated.

In 1979, the first AutumnFest took place.  AutumnFest is a three day fair and community extravaganza anchored at the park, featuring food, exhibits, and entertainment, topped off by a giant parade. It is one of several signature community events for Woonsocket and all northern Rhode Island.


Jaime Pereira

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Love this park. The playground is great, there are always lot's of kids around for my 4 year old to play with.

bella the great

Monday, April 2, 2018
The kids love it here and it’s free nice place on the summer

Ken m

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
State did a real nice job for the local residents. Autumn fest is held here every Columbus day weekend.

Jade Franklin

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Nice new playground and splash pad for the kids

Thatflawlesslady mua

Friday, May 19, 2017
My kids Love this park it came a long way. Now its family orientated and clean. My kids can run from water park to the playground with no problem. No food or drinks in fence area so the area stays clean and no smoking. You can have picnics on the outside of the play ground. A good amount of bathrooms for men and women. And on good days there would be the food truck. This place is for fun and peace. There is also A basketball court, baseball field and parking on both sides of the park. Great for walks as well also no dogs allowed. The greatest park in Woonsocket by far. Let's keep this place clean for are friends and family!