Welcome to the Friends of Salter Grove blog! This site will allow the members of the FoSG group to provide news and updates on our cause: the improvement and restoration of George B. Salter Memorial Grove, located on historic Pawtuxet Cove and the upper Narragansett Bay along Narragansett Parkway (Rt. 1A).
We feel that this property is a special place to not only the local community but also to residents of the city of Warwick and state of Rhode Island, and it deserves to be properly cared for and maintained for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Currently there are many aspects of the Grove, which is officially a city park with portions managed by the R.I. DEM., that are poorly maintained and/or have fallen into disrepair. Rather than let this continue, FoSG wants to do something about it.
The following is the text of a Feb. 17 press release officially announcing the goals of Friends of Salter Grove:
A half dozen Warwick residents met Saturday, February 13th, with their State
Representative Joseph M. McNamara and City Councilman Steven Colantuono to
discuss their concerns about the current unsafe condition of the causeway that provides access to the breakwater from George B. Salter Memorial Grove (the Park).
Also present were Wenley Ferguson, Save the Bay’s Director of Habitat Restoration, and Barbara Rubine, President of the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association.
As recently reported, McNamara has been pressing the Department of Environmental
Management, which is responsible for the causeway, to repair it by summer when many individuals and families enjoy the breakwater for fishing and picnicking. “It’s all too likely that a parent with young children might find themselves trapped on the breakwater at high tide, then risk returning on the causeway despite poor swimming skills.” said McNamara.
The residents have now formed Friends of Salter Grove (FoSG), with Peter Becker as coordinator, to support immediate efforts to repair the causeway, as well as broader
efforts to enhance the security and appeal of the Park and its environment. “Scientific
studies have demonstrated that experiencing nature improves our physical and mental
wellbeing,” said FoSG member Jason Major, “and we want to upgrade the Park’s
function in this respect.”
Colantuono said that this was in line with the City’s comprehensive plan to improve
access to water and hiking.
The mission of FoSG is to provide safe and secure access to George B. Salter
Memorial Grove and its environs, to improve its landscape and facilities so as to
encourage the sustainable enjoyment of this natural area, and to enhance its ecological
value as part of the Narragansett Bay watershed. A blog (friendsofsaltergrove.org) with links to a Facebook page and a Twitter account will report FoSG’s efforts, and
encourage members of our community to support them by joining.
Together we can make Salter Grove a place for everyone to enjoy for generations to come.