Blacktone Parks Conservancy

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

Students from Providence Country Day School gave half a day to the Conservation District and made a difference. They installed water bars in a badly eroded section of the Park on Parkside Avenue.


Brown University’s, Timmons Roberts, brought the challenge of building resilience home at the Blackstone Parks Conservancy’s annual meeting in late March. He found a receptive audience already working to reduce stormwater runoff, one of the major …. An internationally known expert on climate change, Timmons quickly reviewed the by now widely accepted impact of rising […]

Earth Day Spring Cleaning

Our annual trash pickup in Blackstone Park was a water-themed success. A little rain fell, in keeping with our Earth Day tradition, but our spirits were sunny as twenty or so volunteers picked up litter from the riverside and pond’s edge. Some volunteers even went out in a boat to better access tricky parts of […]

Cloudless skies provided the backdrop for the Blackstone Parks Conservancy’s (BPC) first winter duck walk on a spring-like Sunday late in February that almost compensated for the disappointment of having lost out to river ice last year. Fifty-seven people of all ages turned out to watch birds and learn about them from Dan Berard, a […]

Birds and bird lovers turned out in large numbers February 28th for the BPC’s first Winter Duck Walk along the Seekonk River (last year’s was prevented by ice).  Fifty-seven of the human species saw seven species of migratory ducks float by and preen on old pilings. Counting other birds sighted at the river, there were […]

When you see the photograph of little girls hugging a large tree in the Blackstone Parks Conservation District, one thing is obvious: “They get it.” No one has to tell them how precious and exciting nature is. This Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) outing of pre-schoolers to the park overlooking the Upper Narragansett Bay, one of […]

Once people see a connection between their own health and the natural environment–we are all mammals, after all–the value of woodlands beyond a cool place to escape on a hot day becomes more evident. And the need to protect trees in both Blackstone parks—as the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) does–becomes more evident as well. The […]

On service day in October going after invasive plants.                                

What natural resources, landscape features, and environmental conditions were encountered by the earliest users of what is now Blackstone Park?  Was there ever a natural status quo to which we can return? Did Native communities change their environment and its resources, or create the ecosystems that colonists took to be natural? Kevin Smith, Deputy Director […]

Signs of Life

On a September field trip to Blackstone Park, Moses Brown environmental science students stood beside the meadow at York Pond while Coordinator of the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Partnership April Alix gave instructions for collecting “bugs” in the water to find clues to its health. She admonished them not to wave the nets over peoples’ […]