Roger Williams Park was created in 1871 after Betsey Williams bequeathed 102 acres of farmland and woodland to the city of Providence to be used for a public purpose. A portion of the gift included land that was originally purchased from the Narragansetts by her great, great, great, grandfather, Rhode Island Founder Roger Williams. Roger Williams Park still serves as “the people’s pleasure ground” that Cleveland intended. More than 1.5 million visitors from around the state, and beyond. Visit the park each year to attend festivals at the Temple to Music, events at the Casino, the Botanical Center, Museum of Natural History, tennis courts, ball fields, and to enjoy the same scenery and activities as past generations.