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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New Playground Design Gels

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.”

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Phase I Fundraising Goal Exceeded!

We closed last year with nearly $8,000 raised to replace the playground equipment at Salter Grove—one third more than our goal. Thank you all for your generous support!

We raised $2,281 from the sale of raffle tickets and netted $4,572.50 from individual donations, We also received a $1,000 legislative grant via Sen. Michael McCaffrey. Some of these funds passed though our fiscal sponsor, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

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