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!

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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.

Friends of Salter Grove Attend the State of the State Address

Rep. Joseph McNamara with Michael Jarvis and Matt Dickinson representing FoSG at the State of the State Address

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.

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FoSG Preservation Network and November 25 Cleanup

Those who stayed to the chill end of the cleanup on November 25. Two of the three co-leaders (besides Trent Batson who took the photo) are in the picture: 3rd from left is Casey Gonsalves and 4th from left is Mary Newton.

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.

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Another Successful Cleanup!

cleanup_9-11-18On 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.

Read the story about this in the Warwick Beacon here.

Rhode Island Foundation Awards $10K Community Grant

The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a generous Community Grant of $10,000 to help replace and improve the playground at Salter Grove in a very competitive selection process.

The funds will be paid to FoSG’s fiscal sponsor, The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, which will then pass the funds to FoSG.

This grant will complement the $100,000 community recreation grant, also for the playground, awarded by RIDEM to the City of Warwick at FoSG’s instigation.

It is expected that the Foundation’s grant will help to purchase attractive, custom designed benches and waste containers.

Read the story about this in the Warwick Beacon here.