Out With The Old; In With The New!

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The old playground equipment has been crushed for removal. (Photo by L. Murray)

The City of Warwick’s Department of Public Works began site preparation for the new playground at Salter Grove on Monday, June 17th.

This long-awaited event is in anticipation of the arrival of new playground equipment in early July. It also fulfills the City’s cost-share agreement under a $100,000 Recreation Grant from RIDEM.

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Second Legislative Grant Received

FoSG members Alfred Nazareth III, Richard Furia, Marina Wong, Louise Jakobson, and Peter Becker (L to R) gratefully receive a $1,000 check for a Senate Legislative Grant from Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey. The funds will be used to install safety fencing or playground amenities at Salter Grove.

Feeling Generous?

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O-Zone 3-Ring Climber

The pictured item is one of the pieces of equipment that had to be omitted from the new playground at Salter Grove to stay within budget. We particularly wanted this Climber for younger children and for its pleasing sculptural design.

The cost would be $10,500, including installation. Would you like to make a gift that will keep on giving? For more information, please click here.

Council Awards Playground Contract

The playground equipment contracted for installation.

At its meeting on March 18, 2019, the City Council’s Finance Committee approved awarding the contract for playground renovations at Salter Grove to Green Acres Landscape & Construction Co., Inc. This was the recommendation by the City’s Special Projects Coordinator Lucas Murray.

This project will be funded primarily by a $100,000 RIDEM Recreation Development Grant, with a $1,739 overage for the lowest bid being made up by the City of Warwick. The City will also provide an estimated $25,000 in kind with site preparation and installation of selected elements by the Department of Public Works.

Due to funding constraints, two of the playground pieces and the site amenities originally planned will not be included in this contract. FoSG will submit grant applications to cover these unfunded items plus safety fencing for the main parking lot and the new handicapped parking area.

We look forward to construction starting in the spring!

Farewell to Our Friend, Mary Grady

MaryGradyIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the loss of our friend and FoSG member Mary Grady. Mary was instrumental in the formation of Friends of Salter Grove as a catalyst, bringing key people with valuable skill sets together. Among her many talents as an author, journalist, photographer, artist, pilot, professor, nature lover and amateur astronomer, Mary’s greatest may well have been making friends with good people and connecting them. She certainly did that well and loved doing it.

Mary passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at her home near Passeonquis Cove in Warwick. She leaves behind a legacy of friendships and associations that would not have happened without her. Mary will be missed and remembered fondly.

Read Mary’s obituary here.