Blacktone Parks Conservancy

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

Winter brings some good things!  On Sunday, February 19, 2:00 – 3:30, the Blackstone Parks Conservancy Education Committee invites you to join us on a guided walk along the bank of the Seekonk River to observe the “winter ducks”.  We will have a good chance to see at least seven kinds of waterfowl that visit Providence only in the winter months (and some that are here year-round). The family-friendly walk will be led by Lauren Parmelee, Senior Director of Education at the Audubon Society of RI.

The Narragansett Boat Club has generously offered the use of their deck for observation, and our walk will begin and end there, finishing with coffee and hot chocolate. Binoculars are highly recommended – we will have a few extra pairs to lend. Children are welcome and can take home a free copy of the newly revised BPC Winter Duck Coloring Book!  Rain date: February 26th.


Cooper Hawke

This Cooper hawk was photographed by Mike Morin at York Pond.

It’s About Giving Back

Writing in December for January publication, we have no idea what the deep winter will bring. Seven-foot icicles? Slush? But whatever the weather, the leafless months are the Blackstone Parks Conservancy’s (BPC) chance to complete plans for finishing our Blackstone Boulevard tree inventory and imagine new projects to help us keep these parks thriving. So […]

As stewards of Blackstone Boulevard and the Blackstone Park Conservation District, the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) endorses the vision advanced by the Seekonk Riverbank Revitalization Alliance (SRRA) to reconfigure the neglected stretch of roadway and riverbank that extends from Henderson Bridge in the south to the northern tip of Gulf Avenue. The Seekonk River and […]

Weather permitting, join volunteers from the Blackstone Parks Conservancy as we ready the park for winter by 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 near the kiosk in the […]

From Leah Hamburger, Director of Sustainability at the City of Providence:   Hi All, I’m excited to announce that the City of Providence is hiring a Building Energy Advisor in the Office of Sustainability:  This new position is made possible by our participation in the City Energy Project. Please post and share widely! Feel free to […]

Doing and Undoing

On Thursday September 29th,, at midday, seven volunteers from AIPSO Company in Johnston were hard at work repairing damage inflicted by nature and humans in the center section of the Blackstone Park Conservation District high above the Seekonk River. Such maintenance is a normal part of Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) volunteers’ job, which is—with the […]

Pop over to Blackstone Boulevard near University Avenue between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. to see the art work resulting from a collaboration between School One and retirees. Over the last month, artist Ida Schmulowitz of Hamilton House has taught an inter-generational class techniques for painting en plein air. Painting outdoors is just one of many creative uses for […]

Join us for Halloween activities, a woodland trail walk and sweet treats! We suggest wearing sturdy shoes and long pants or high socks as we may encounter mud, stairs, or poison ivy along the walk. Families are also encouraged to wear costumes and bring bring flashlights, small basket or bag, chairs or blanket, woods worthy shoes. […]

“Before” and “After” images dance in the heads of Blackstone Park Conservancy (BPC) volunteers on a muggy September day in the Blackstone Park Conservation District. They are here to inspect the woodland for damaged plants and trails and to plan maintenance sessions. The volunteers see much work to do: plants to replace, trails to refresh, […]