Blacktone Parks Conservancy

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

Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and a picnic and come enjoy three terrific concerts in July, Sundays 5-7pm, on the lawn in front of the Rose Maze at the Botanical Center. Come early (gate opens at 4 pm) and wander through the garden pathways to enjoy the summer gardens during their long bloom season and venture inside the greenhouses to see how the tropical plants thrive in our Rhode Island summers. July 10-Atwater-Donnelly, July 17, Magnolia Cajun Band, July 24, Black and White Band.

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For the past several years we have been able to fund our mailing expenses and other costs through Eastside Marketplace’s Friendship Fund program.  In a happy development, Eastside Marketplace recently announced that they are doubling their rebate to local non-profits for all receipts submitted in the month of July. We are grateful to you for generously donating […]

The Blackstone Parks

Doubling Down on the Future The Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) kicked into gear in May with two new beginnings, one for Hockey Pond, another for Boulevard trees. Both involved creating baselines for evaluating ecological health. It’s an exciting step because building reliable scientific records that are easy to access and update will help the Conservancy, […]

Calling all fans of Blackstone Park! Thursday June 9   Join us as we spruce up the trails in Blackstone Park this Thursday, 6pm – 7:30.  Bring your work gloves, enjoy what’s predicted to be lovely weather, come for a few minutes or the whole time. Meet near the kiosk on Parkside – we will focus […]

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 […]