Blacktone Parks Conservancy

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


A New Day in Providence Parks Working with the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation and Superintendent Bob McMahon, the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) has brought about many positive changes in the Blackstone parks. Now, a new superintendent—Wendy Nilsson—who worked closely with McMahon as head of a volunteer park neighbors’ support group, promises to continue […]

We invite you to attend “Music in the Park,” a family event with musical storyteller Lindsay Meehan. Lindsay Meehan founded Music for Children in Rhode Island in 2011. She teaches Music for Children at Moses Brown and at Lincoln’s Little School and performs throughout the state. This event is part of a series of events […]

What the Eagle Saw

While human beings looking down from an airplane at the Blackstone parks on the morning of Earth Day, April 22nd, would have seen clouds of pink and green, an eagle cruising above could have seen far more detail: a blossom on a cherry tree on the Boulevard, for instance, or the millipede in the outstretched […]

Have you ever held a bird in the palm of your hand? Listened to a bird’s heart beat close to your ear? Opened your hands and watched a bird take off into the air? Blackstone Parks Conservancy invites you to join us for these experiences and more with University of Rhode Island Professor Dr. Peter […]

Terracing and native woodland plants are being installed to halt erosion on the steep trail between Parkside and the boathouse.  Heavy machinery will be used and workers will be here until mid-May. Please avoid this area until work is completed. Funding comes from a Coastal Resources Management Council grant. Yardworks is doing the work. This […]

On the sparkling day known as Earth Day, April 22nd, thirty three- four- and-five-year-olds from Lincoln School explored Blackstone Park Conservation District, shepherded by their teachers and BPC volunteers, Elena Riverstone, Carrie Drake and Rick Richards. Leading the way was environmental educator April Alix, who helped the children find creatures that make earth: earthworms, a […]

Join us in Blackstone Park to celebrate Earth Day 2015 as part of citywide events marking this day. Rain or shine, we’ll gather on Saturday, April 25th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at York Pond on River Road, Providence.* We’ll be leading our traditional spring cleaning effort along the banks of the Seekonk River on River and Gulf Rd. […]

If Only We Knew

In early March, this column goes into production for the April edition, while we are still in the depths of an exceptionally cold winter, and Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) volunteers wish they could know what the future—at least Spring—will bring to the parks. But by the time you read this edition, you may already have […]

How One Thing Leads to Another

At the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC), the list of unattended needs is long. It was in a searching frame of mind that the Board of the BPC recently took up two longstanding questions about the southern end of the Boulevard Park. First: How can we link the Boulevard Park to the Blackstone Park Conservation District? […]