Wild Flowers from Four Continents

Many of the plants at Salter Grove are wildflowers from other continents! Here, however, they are usually considered weeds because they readily colonize waste areas and lawns. Rarely are they given a second look before they are pulled up or mown down. Some of these are quite interesting and have been showcased east of the parking lot.

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Champlin Grant to Fund Parking Safety Project

Vehicle parked on lawn near path to playground 

The Champlin Foundation has awarded $21,053.00 to Friends of Salter Grove for Parking Lot Safety Improvements and Related Landscaping.

With the new playground and repaired causeway, the number of park visitors has increased dramatically. The project will create five additional porous parking spaces and reinforce parking in paved, designated spaces to protect children and other pedestrians.

Landscape plantings and new signage are planned in conjunction with the parking safety project to improve the esthetics of the parking area, which is the first place seen by many park visitors.

Since 1932, The Champlin Foundation has awarded more than $600 million to fund capital projects and equipment for Rhode Island non-profit organizations. These investments have enabled better medical care, improved education, fostered the arts, expanded access to social services, conserved of open spaces, preserved historic buildings, advanced animal welfare and more. Quietly and steadfastly, The Champlin Foundation helps those who do good do more – to the benefit of all. 

Nature Trails and Guide Launched

Mayor Frank Picozzi demonstrates how to access the online guide via the QR code on the orientation plaque just south of the parking lot. 

On Saturday, May 15th, the nature trail system, complete with plant labels, observation stations, and smartphone-accessible guide saltergrove.org was officially launched.

Addressing the gathering, Mayor Picozzi revealed that he has been most impressed by how the people of Warwick come together to make great things happen.

Parks and Recreation Director Beverly Wiley urged visitors to respect and enjoy Salter Grove in ways that don’t impair others’ enjoyment. 
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Nature Trails and Guide Launch

On Saturday, May 15th, this orientation plaque will be installed south of the parking lot during a ceremony to launch the nature trails and their online guide.

From 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., Mayor Frank Picozzi, Parks and Recreation Director Beverly Wiley, and FoSG’s Education Coordinator Marina Wong will address attendees.

This ongoing project is a collaboration of Friends of Salter Grove, the City of Warwick, and the RI Department of Environmental Management to create an outdoor classroom at Salter Grove for people of all ages to enjoy its natural history. It was funded by a generous grant from the Vivian J. Palmieri Charitable Trust.

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2021 Cleanups Launch with Unexpected Flare

Warwick firefighters smother the smoldering debris 

April 10 marked the beginning of a new season of cleanups at Salter Grove as 14 volunteers collected litter and other trash that accumulated over the winter.

The volunteers were doubly valuable, as they also helped to spot a smoldering brushfire along the shoreline ridge, about 50 yards east of the parking lot. An expanse of ash stretched about 20-30 feet to the east.

Following a 911 call, the Warwick Fire Department quickly arrived to extinguish the embers and carry some of the smoking logs into the waters of the bay. The fire might have started during the night or even the day before, the firefighters estimated.

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