On Saturday, August 20th, Matt Dickinson, Carolyn Hardie, Billy McGovern (pictured above), and Marina Wong weeded the ornamental beds around the playground. Many armfuls of vegetation consisting of American pokeweed, annual knawel, Chinese foxtail, common wormwood, crabgrass, dock-leaved smartweed, green carpetweed, lambsquarters, nut flatsedge, and Pennsylvania everlasting-cudweed were removed, among others. So even the weeds at Salter Grove are species rich!
Given its small size, Salter Grove continues to amaze. The mindful weeding even uncovered two new plant species for the park—rough buttonweed and slender cotton weed. The park flora now includes at least 225 plant species in 78 families. Matt and Carolyn also saw a wild turkey while weeding to bring the August observable bird species count to 58.
The playground has been closed until further notice.
Warwick’s Director of Parks & Recreation, James Scott, said that “We are trying to keep kids off of playgrounds as the virus can live on surfaces for prolonged periods of time.”
Thank you for your patience while we attempt to keep our neighbors safe and healthy during this challenging time.
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 email@example.com. 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.