Another Successful Cleanup!

cleanup_9-11-18On September 11, Save the Bay provided volunteers from Citizens Bank and Jet Blue to clean up Salter Grove. FoSG led the effort with significant help from two STB interns.

The cleanup was part of the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC. Each three-person team filled in detailed data cards that the interns aggregated so it could be sent on to the Conservancy for their annual state of the ocean report. A volunteer who does cleanups regularly said that Salter Grove is unusually clean compared to other parks around the Bay.

STB has provided corporate groups for Salter Grove cleanups all summer long.

Read the story about this in the Warwick Beacon here.

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Come Help Clean Up Salter Grove!

 

Salter Grove Cleanup 4-29-18

Friends of Salter Grove is hosting the International Coastal Cleanup, which is sponsored by Save the Bay. The date is Tuesday, September 11th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and we will be meeting in Salter Grove. To sign up click here. 

Rhode Island Foundation Awards $10K Community Grant

The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a generous Community Grant of $10,000 to help replace and improve the playground at Salter Grove in a very competitive selection process.

The funds will be paid to FoSG’s fiscal sponsor, The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, which will then pass the funds to FoSG.

This grant will complement the $100,000 community recreation grant, also for the playground, awarded by RIDEM to the City of Warwick at FoSG’s instigation.

It is expected that the Foundation’s grant will help to purchase attractive, custom designed benches and waste containers.

Read the story about this in the Warwick Beacon here.

St. Peter Pupils Back Again for Field Trips!

The spring field trip to Salter Grove has become an annual event for the science program at St. Peter School. This year the new science teacher, Annie Graham, organized and led field trips for the second and fifth grades. On the morning of May 18, she was joined by the second grade teacher Nancy Dunlap and parents Jonathan Alvarez, Mike Jarvis (FoSG member), and Alicia Oldzewski to guide 25 students through 5 ecosystems. The trip for 25 fifth-graders, who came as fourth-graders in 2017, was in the afternoon of May 21 and included the fifth-grade teacher Christina Desmairis and parent Dawn Jarvis.

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A Red Letter Day!

FoSG coordinator Peter Becker shows Mayor Joseph Solomon and Gov. Gina Raimondo plans for the new playground.

Governor Gina Raimondo and Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon visited Salter Grove on Tuesday, May 22nd, to celebrate the award of a $100,000 community recreation grant from the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to the City of Warwick. Together with donations from individuals and businesses previously collected by FoSG, the grant will enable replacement of the existing 40-year old playground.

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Contractor Selected to Repair Causeway

On May 21st, the Warwick City Council approved the contractor selected to repair the causeway at Salter Grove with a $200,000 budget; namely, Narragansett Dock Works (NDW) in partnership with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

NDW plans to install a prefabricated concrete box culverts at the sites of the displaced footbridge near the breakwater and the existing plastic culverts. The new culverts may be sized approximately 5 feet wide and 4 feet deep to maintain water flow between the north and south sides of the causeway, and to act as bridges.

Depending on the available funding, the elevation of the causeway path may be raised to prevent overtopping during higher tides, and thus provide safer passage for pedestrians.

Permits will be required from the Coastal Resources Management Council, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the US Army Corps of Engineers before construction can start, hopefully in late summer.