Wild Flowers from Four Continents

Many of the plants at Salter Grove are wildflowers from other continents! Here, however, they are usually considered weeds because they readily colonize waste areas and lawns. Rarely are they given a second look before they are pulled up or mown down. Some of these are quite interesting and have been showcased east of the parking lot.

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Champlin Grant to Fund Parking Safety Project

Vehicle parked on lawn near path to playground 

The Champlin Foundation has awarded $21,053.00 to Friends of Salter Grove for Parking Lot Safety Improvements and Related Landscaping.

With the new playground and repaired causeway, the number of park visitors has increased dramatically. The project will create five additional porous parking spaces and reinforce parking in paved, designated spaces to protect children and other pedestrians.

Landscape plantings and new signage are planned in conjunction with the parking safety project to improve the esthetics of the parking area, which is the first place seen by many park visitors.

Since 1932, The Champlin Foundation has awarded more than $600 million to fund capital projects and equipment for Rhode Island non-profit organizations. These investments have enabled better medical care, improved education, fostered the arts, expanded access to social services, conserved of open spaces, preserved historic buildings, advanced animal welfare and more. Quietly and steadfastly, The Champlin Foundation helps those who do good do more – to the benefit of all. 

Nature Trails and Guide Launch

On Saturday, May 15th, this orientation plaque will be installed south of the parking lot during a ceremony to launch the nature trails and their online guide.

From 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., Mayor Frank Picozzi, Parks and Recreation Director Beverly Wiley, and FoSG’s Education Coordinator Marina Wong will address attendees.

This ongoing project is a collaboration of Friends of Salter Grove, the City of Warwick, and the RI Department of Environmental Management to create an outdoor classroom at Salter Grove for people of all ages to enjoy its natural history. It was funded by a generous grant from the Vivian J. Palmieri Charitable Trust.

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New Amenities Installed

Thanks to a generous grant from the Dziedzic Charitable Fund, two additional picnic tables and a bike rack were added to Salter Grove.

No doubt visitors will be thinking kindly of Brenda and John for making the park, and its wonderful views of the Bay, even more comfortable and enjoyable.

We also thank the Warwick Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation for installing this equipment.