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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Friends of Salter Grove Attend the State of the State Address

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.

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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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FoSG Preservation Network and November 25 Cleanup

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.

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Join the FoSG Preservation Network!

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 trentbatson@mac.com.

The first in-person meeting of this Network will occur at 10:00 a.m. at Salter Grove on Sunday, October 21.