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!
It 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.
The City of Warwick has published its request for proposals for playground renovations at Salter Grove. Click here to view the RFP.
Installation of equipment should be completed by mid-year.
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.
The proposed new playground will encourage active play in an attractive gathering space. View is facing south.
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.”
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.