On Tuesday, January 15th the Friends of Salter Grove (FoSG) were honored guests of Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit at the 2019 State of the State Address. Representing FoSG at the State House were Matt Dickinson and Michael Jarvis.
On December 5th, Mayor Joseph J. Solomon announced that bids will be solicited this winter in preparation for extensive upgrades to the forty-year-old playground at Salter Grove. Work is slated to begin in April next year.
The project will be partially funded through a $100,000 RIDEM Recreation grant. City workers will provide the required grant match with in-kind labor, to include all site clearing, grading, and finish site work.
“The improvements at Salter Grove will ensure that our children have a safe, fun place to play,” Solomon said. “A community is only as strong as its neighborhoods, and a modern, attractive new playground will be a terrific enhancement in that area.”
Friends of Salter Grove has formed a volunteer Preservation Network to help keep Salter Grove clean and attractive. Save the Bay and FoSG have partnered on cleanups since FoSG started in 2016. But, in order to guarantee regular cleanups at Salter Grove, including during the winter months (when weather permits), we formed the Network in the past few months.
Friends of Salter Grove, in affiliation with Save the Bay, has created a Preservation Network to maintain Salter Grove as a clean and inviting family park for recreational use.
Members of the Network will meet at least twice a month as a group to do a thorough cleanup of the Park. With five current members we are looking for an additional ten. Anyone can apply, no matter your age or physical condition.
We are asking for a one-year commitment to the Network if you are accepted as a member. You will not need to participate in all scheduled cleanups but we do hope that most members will join scheduled cleanups.
Network cleanups will be scheduled according to members’ availability, during the week or on weekends. We will also schedule around low tide times so we can venture out onto the causeway and breakwater for cleanup there.
All members of the Network will sign release forms from Save the Bay and will receive Save the Bay training. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian will also need to sign Save the Bay’s release form.
To apply for membership, respond to https://volunteer.savebay.org/need/detail/?need_id=376202 or send an email directly to Network coordinator Trent Batson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first in-person meeting of this Network will occur at 10:00 a.m. at Salter Grove on Sunday, October 21.
On 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.