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 email@example.com.
The first in-person meeting of this Network will occur at 10:00 a.m. at Salter Grove on Sunday, October 21.
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.
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.
A number of new families from the neighborhood came to enjoy our autumn potluck on September 23rd. It felt more like summer with sunshine and blue skies. Light breezes had just enough strength to propel long sinuous bubbles that drifted for yards across the lawn. The youngest bubble maker was only three-years old! New and tasty dishes appeared for the potluck with the return of a crowd-pleasing favorite from before–lemon curd squares. A duo of up-and-coming face painters wowed the two community police officers in attendance as well as others with their artistic creations. A doe and her fawn made a special appearance as they came for their evening stroll in the park.
The Warwick Police Department has assessed the level of illegal activity at Salter Grove in response to concerns that were raised at a neighborhood meeting in mid-April. The
Department’s Community Police Unit focuses on public relations and quality of life issues, and it promptly and thoroughly responded to a request from Friends of Salter Grove and Councilman Richard Corley for increased surveillance.
Officer Daniel Maggiacomo and Sgt. William Defeo of the Community Police Unit reported on the results of their efforts at FoSG’s recent monthly meeting. Based on at least 100 directed patrols since June 5th, as well as numerous covert observations by Community Police and detectives, officers did not encounter any activity that warranted an arrest.