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.
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.
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.
The Friends of Salter Grove’s article in the latest issue of The Bridge summarizes our accomplishments in the past two years. We are very grateful for the support of our community, City and State officials, individual and corporate donors, and The New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
You can view the entire issue of The Bridge here.
Despite morning rain on Sunday, April 29, over 30 volunteers showed up to make Salter Grove even more beautiful by removing trash in all sectors of the park.
This enjoyable event led to over 400 pounds of trash being collected. The trash was picked up the following Monday by the City of Warwick. Good job everyone!
Save the Bay will conduct the first cleanup of Salter Grove in 2018 on Sunday, April 29th, 1-3 pm. Click here for details and to sign up as a volunteer.
The cleanup activity will help set a cleanliness and beauty standard for the summer months. This will be a family-friendly event led by experienced people.
Cleanup Days draw many people who are both interested in improving our natural environment and in having a nice social afternoon. Volunteers will be provided gloves, pickers/grabbers, and trash bags. You will have a brief orientation and then will work with a group. The weather is slowly becoming spring-like, so the day should be enjoyable. We hope you can join us!