Blacktone Parks Conservancy

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

 

The parks are looking better than ever–as many people tell the Blackstone Parks Conservancy. This is thanks to the Parks Department, which mows the Boulevard park and parts of the Conservation District, to the small number of volunteers who serve on the Conservancy’s board and three committees: Boulevard, Park, and Education, and to the volunteers who show up for special workdays. Donations are also crucial.

 

On the Boulevard

A new volunteer chairperson, landscape architect Colgate Searle, has stepped up to chair the Boulevard Committee, which had been headless for two years. Gale Aronson, who so brilliantly led that committee up to two years ago, has generously carried on producing the summer concerts in the meantime.

During the “wilderness years,” a few people from the Park Committee and the board pitched in to look after essentials on the Boulevard—new trees, gardens, winter moths, etc.—and it survived. But having a fulltime leader, a professional who thoroughly understands plants and drainage, will make a visible difference over time.

In late June the newly revived committee selected a few small pruning projects with City Forester Doug Still. For the rest of the summer these volunteers will be planning badly needed path improvements. With Colgate guiding the process it will be possible to assemble the necessary maps and figure out exactly what needs to be done where. This quest has been enormously complicated by a fire in the tool shed at Roger Williams Park that destroyed many records, but Colgate hopes to track some down here and there. He says the cost of resurveying and mapping the path would probably be beyond the city’s reach.

Different parts of the path will require different treatments. For instance, Colgate suspects that the puddles in some parts of the path result from having a clay material underneath that doesn’t allow drainage. His objective after assembling plans for repair at the least possible cost is to meet with the Parks Department to schedule upgrades over the next several years. At this point it will be clear how much fundraising will be called for.

 

In the Blackstone Park Conservation District

The Park Committee tried a new experiment in June, an early evening maintenance gathering called Park-Keeping. Happily, ten people showed up, some of them first-time volunteers, for what turned out to be a festive work session that accomplished quite a lot. Fence mending, chip spreading, needs assessment, clearing poison ivy that impinged on paths and clearing small invasives such as Norway maples took place in a short time.

 

Education

The BPC is setting up a search for volunteers for the programs that the Education Committee has so successfully organized in the past. As soon as enough people sign up, hopefully this fall, the new Children’s Circle for small children will be officially opened.

 

Beside the River

A delightful place to cool off on a hot summer day is on a bench by York Pond and the Seekonk River. You may encounter an egret or heron, not to mention ducklings.

 

Jane Peterson

Summer Events

  The Blackstone Parks Conservancy would love to see you at any or all of our summer events! July Park-Keeping Evening Wednesday, July 20, 6:00 – 7:30. Join us as we tackle knotweed shoots in Blackstone Park. Bring your work gloves and enjoy a light workout. Your help is welcome for a few minutes or […]

For this series of child-oriented concerts, the Blackstone Paris Conservancy is joining forces with organizations from two neighboring parks, Friends of Gladys Potter Garden-Humboldt Playground and Friends of Patterson Park.

In Concert with Nature

Join us this summer at the Blackstone Boulevard Trolley Shelter for four free concerts sponsored by the Blackstone Parks Conservancy. The Tish Adams Quintet (Jazz Plus), Wednesday, July 13th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Latin Jazz, Wednesday, July 27th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Miss Wensday and the Cotillions, Wednesday August 10th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Nickel Jukebox (Motown), Wednesday August 24th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.   Blackstone Boulevard […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.