In addition to the Association's many active projects, the KIA is the owner and steward of important Village historic and recreational properties, including Potter Wood. In 1933, Mary LeMoine Potter gave 65 acres of meadow and woodland to the Kingston Improvement Association to be used for the sole pleasure and benefit of all the people of the Village of Kingston. Named Potter Memorial Wood, this land is cared for by KIA volunteers and remains open for passive recreation.
Following Potter's generous donation, hundreds of trees were planted by KIA volunteers, resulting in the wooded scenery enjoyed by visitors today. Comprising 65 acres, Potter Wood offers recreational facilities and opportunities year-round. The main park entrance is located on South Road approximately 1/2 mile south of the Village Well. (See map below.) A second entrance with limited parking is located on Biscuit City Road less than a 1/2 mile south of Kingstown Road.
In April 2018, the KIA announced its intention to place a perpetual conservation easement on Potter Wood to ensure its protection for future generations. A Potter Wood working committee is being formed to address the park's immediate and future needs.
Do you want to help improve and protect Potter Woods? Please click here to contact the KIA about volunteer opportunities.
- Picnic area with tables, benches, swing set, horseshoe pits
- Walking trails and benches throughout the park
- Baseball field (available for public use when not being used by South Kingstown Little League)
- Basketball court
- Bechtold Skating Shed and skating pond
Please help protect Potter Wood and yourself by observing the following rules:
- Do not litter. (Trash and recycling receptacles available at South Road entrance.)
- Pick up after pets.
- No motorized vehicles.
- No alcoholic beverages.
- No hunting or trapping.
- No fires.
- Use Potter Wood at your own risk.
Watch your step! Poison ivy is present along some trails.
Deer ticks are present in Potter Wood.
Always check yourself and your pet carefully for ticks.
Please report any dangerous behavior to the
South Kingstown Police Department by dialing 911.