Blackstone Parks Conservancy

Dedicated to the Preservation and Stewardship of Historic
Blackstone Park Conservation District and Boulevard.

On Sunday, June 4, 2:00-4:00, the Blackstone Parks Conservancy invites you to the opening of RiverWood, a new space in Blackstone Park dedicated to children and families. We have been gently adapting a small, natural clearing into a space where children and their families can enjoy being in the woods for imaginative play, programs, and storytelling.  Just a few steps into the woods from Blackstone Field, directly across from Narragansett Boat Club, RiverWood has a special spirit all its own.  

Our Opening Celebration will be held in Blackstone Field and RiverWood.  We’ll have live music with Jennifer Romanat-Haven, and kids will have their choice of activities– building a stick fence, covering a wetu, making a nature craft, playing field games, face painting, listening to stories hosted by Books on the Square, and joining a drumming circle led by Luiz Arias from the RI Philharmonic Music School.  It’s a party! Don’t miss the opening celebration of RiverWood.

At Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Dr. aka River Rd., Providence, RI 02906).

A new vision for Blackstone Boulevard depicts a destination for thousands of drivers, walkers, runners, and bikers even more welcoming than it is now—and more sustainable. It could more nearly resemble the original dream of 19th-century city leaders, who, in the days of horse-drawn carriages, envisaged more than an ordinary roadway. The boulevard was conceived […]

The Providence Parks Department’s Forestry Division and PNPP are excited to launch Providence Citizen Foresters, an opportunity for tree-loving residents in and around the city to further engage with and tend to our urban forest! The Citizen Forester program will offer technical training focused specifically on the care of young, urban trees. It will authorize those who complete the […]

Join volunteers from the Blackstone Parks Conservancy on Wednesday May 3rd at 5pm as we spruce up for spring, spreading wood chips and fixing fences in the center section. It’s a light workout, a surprising amount of fun…and we need your help! You are welcome for a few minutes or the whole time. Meet at […]

Join us in Blackstone Park to celebrate Earth Day 2017 as part of citywide events marking this day. Rain or shine, we’ll gather on Saturday, April 22rd, from 10:00 to noon, by York Pond, where Irving Avenue, Gulf Avenue and River Road meet ( GPS: 41.835954, -71.379459).  We’ll be leading our traditional spring cleaning effort along the […]

Toward Renewal

The heart quickens at the very thought of Spring as we huddle against sharp winds and way-below freezing temperatures in early March. And here at the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC), we have another reason to be thrilled: the hiring of an executive director, Amy Larkin. When it became apparent last fall that the BPC was […]

Please join the Blackstone Parks Conservancy for light refreshments and to learn about all the ways you can get involved as volunteer for the parks. This event is for you if: You enjoy meeting new, fun, engaging people You want to learn about how to help keep our Blackstone Parks healthy and vibrant You enjoy […]

Providence, RI (March 13, 2017) – The Blackstone Parks Conservancy, the organization dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of historic Blackstone Park Conservation District and Blackstone Boulevard, announced that Amy Larkin (Providence, RI) has joined as the executive director. Alongside Jane Peterson, President of the BPC; Amy will be the face and voice for the […]

Winter Duck Walk 2017

Luckily for the bird-watchers who flocked to the Blackstone Parks Conservancy’s second Winter Duck Walk on February 19th, the Seekonk River is Florida to many diving and dabbling ducks escaping the Canadian winter. The antics of the migratory birds delighted more than 70 participants on a sunny day in the high 50’s. Lauren Parmalee, Senior […]

Mid-winter is a time to dream of new green leaves unfolding in the Blackstone parks and the mountain laurel lighting up the woods like so many giant paper lanterns. And to figure out how the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) can best serve the parks and the thousands who will use them in 2017. Like many […]