A Summer of Surprises

There has been a number of surprising sightings at Salter Grove this summer!

Birds

Bald Eagle by Ian Ohara

Immature Bald Eagles have been sighted now and then during the winter months over the park. However, in early August, a few visitors got to see a mature adult perched in the black oak southeast of the entrance to the causeway. It was photographed as it flew off by Ian Ohara, a graduate student in the Environmental Studies Department of the University of Rhode Island. 

Friends of Salter Grove member Jason Major was on scene as well and captured cell phone video of the eagle perched in a tree just east of the causeway path entrance:

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Finding Artistic Inspiration at Salter Grove

Oil painter Pat Perry at Salter Grove on July 23, 2021

Salter Grove isn’t just a great place to picnic, play, and go fishing—you can also find it artistically inspiring like Pat Perry did in July! Pat set up her portable easel for a bit of “plein air” painting, capturing the beauty of the cove, causeway, and breakwater from the eastern shore under a bright summer sky.

Pat came “all the way” from West Greenwich to paint a view from Salter Grove.

And earlier today on the west side of the park, “sidewalk artists” Sabrina and Adam created quite an impressive display of magical beasts, national flags, and planets to explore in chalk on the paved path to the playground.

Adam and Sabrina and their sidewalk chalk masterpiece on August 2, 2021

You never know what may inspire you at Salter Grove!

New Parking Slots + Pedestrian Safety

Four new permeable parking slots. 

Construction for the parking safety project was completed on Friday, July 30, by Atlantic Lawn & Garden, who did a very fine job. We are grateful for a grant from The Champlin Foundation, which funded this project.

Large rocks have been placed around the entire perimeter of the parking area and its access road to guide visitors to the 21 designated parking slots. Your cooperation in parking on a side street if all designated slots are occupied will be much appreciated. 

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Closed to Vehicles July 26–28. Sorry for Any Inconvenience!

Salter Grove will be closed to vehicles Monday through Wednesday, July 26-28, while improvements are made for the parking safety project.

The project was approved by Warwick’s Parks and Recreation Department and funded by a grant from The Champlin Foundation.

A team from Atlantic Lawn & Garden will be adding five new permeable paving parking spaces.

Everyone, including pedestrians, should stay well clear of the parking area where heavy equipment will be moving large rocks to guide traffic toward designated parking areas.

Salter Grove’s Own Mr. Clean

Paul Joutras, always a friendly smile.

Many long-time visitors to Salter Grove have commented on the how clean the park looks now compared to previous years. Besides the biweekly Save the Bay cleanups organized by FoSG member Andy Lohmeier and regular patrols by member Jason Major, we have Paul Joutras to thank.

As an employee of Warwick’s Department of Public Works, Paul is responsible for emptying the trash barrels in Warwick city parks. Ever since he has come on board, the barrels at Salter Grove do not stay full for long. Moreover, he picks up litter strewn by inconsiderate visitors all around the parking lot. Thank you Paul! 

Paul goes beyond his job description to keep the park clean.