Most of the new playground equipment was purchased with a $100,000 RIDEM Recreation grant awarded to the City of Warwick. The City applied for this grant at FoSG’s instigation and with our background support, and it provided a 25% in-kind match. FoSG also raised considerable funds as follows:
Donations and grants are less any administrative fees charged by our fiscal sponsor, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. These funds covered the following playground expenses:
- $ 3,940 Play equipment (T-swings)
- $22,900 Amenities (benches, picnic tables, bike rack, waste receptacles,
- $ 4,201 Grass hydro-seeding and plantings
- $31,040 Total
The $1,705 residual will be applied to future expenses, such as additional plantings and nature trail development.
The new playground at George B. Salter Grove was officially opened on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 by Mayor Joseph J. Solomon, joined at the ribbon cutting by (left to right, above) Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey, Councilman Anthony Sinapi, Councilwoman Donna Travis, (Mayor), FoSG Coordinator Peter Becker, Rep. Joseph McNamara, and Councilman Rick Corley.
Lynn Salter McCauley was FoSG’s delightful special guest for this neighborhood celebration, providing a link to the park’s naming after her grandfather. The photo below is from a sign unveiling event in May 1967 with (L-to-R) Warren L. Salter (Lynn’s father), Olive Salter (Lynn’s grandmother), and RI Governor John Chafee.
The new playground got a real workout, with spillover to its ADA path.
After three and a half years of hard work with our partners at DEM, the City of Warwick, and private contractors, the new playground and repaired causeway have proven very popular successes. We deserve to celebrate with you, our supporters, and the kids deserve to try out the playground equipment!
On Saturday, October 26th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., join us for a potluck neighborhood celebration. Cover band Salter’s Groove will be performing. These local musicians have always wanted to play in the park they are named after, and we are delighted that they are going to be providing the entertainment.
Donuts and cider will be available.
Please walk to the park if possible—parking will be very limited!
The rain date is Saturday November 2nd, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Children were quick to take advantage of the new playground’s unofficial opening on Friday, September 20th. The two swing sets include standard sling seats with a great view of the Bay, as well as toddler and ADA seats.
The City’s DPW is preparing an ADA-compliant parking area and path to provide wheelchair access to the new playground.
RIDOT has installed new signs alerting drivers to the pedestrian crossing on the Parkway. The City has begun working with RIDOT regarding a guardrail between the Parkway and the new playground.
DPW crew spreading gravel to ensure proper drainage of the play area.
Next, a layer of engineered wood fiber was added over geotextile to create a safe play surface. Wheel chairs can travel over the fiber, once compacted.