Blackstone Parks Conservancy

Due to extremely inclement weather, we are cancelling this morning’s Earth Day family activities, i.e. the Trash Hunt and Trash Timeline, at Paterson Park.  But for any hardy souls interested in the River Road Cleanup, it’s still on!  Meet us at York Pond (at River Drive and Gulf Road).  Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

Please note that the entrance to River Road is closed at Angell Street and volunteers should come in by Irving Avenue.

At Last Spring!


Yellow Cornus Mas

Look quickly on the Boulevard so as not to miss the blue Scylla and the yellow cornus mas. You can catch more Scylla at the edge of the Blackstone Park Conservation District at Loring and Irving. Swan Point is another good spot for Scylla.

Blue Scylla

Blue Scylla

Dear Blackstone Park Conservancy Supporters,

Earthday_2014_Flyer_FINAL_4.10.14We invite you to attend the “Clean-up and Celebration of Earth Day”. This event is in partnership with the City of Providence and other community partners.  

There will be activities for children of all ages including:

  • Trash Hunt
  • Building a Trash Timeline

Everyone can contribute to the clean-up effort of River Road. Help preserve our neighborhood waterfront. Supplies will be provided.

Join us on Saturday April 26 at Paterson Park (corner of Paterson and Angell Street).   Rain or Shine. Activities will run from 10am until noon.

Everyone is welcome!


Eurasian-Wigeon-on-waterThe Eurasian Wigeon and other more typical, but equally wonderful, waterfowl have been spotted from the shores of the Seekonk north of the Henderson Bridge.  The ospreys are back as well – look for them wheeling over the water or perching high in the trees.  Stay tuned as migrating birds of all sorts move through the area in the coming weeks.  Blackstone Park is part of a migratory corridor that continues north along the Blackstone River and into wilder areas. Bring your binoculars and check it out!

The other interesting waterbirds recorded on the Seekonk near Blackstone Park on March 31, and reported on Rachel Farrell’s reputable daily compilation of RI bird-sightings, were the following: Gadwall,  American Wigeon, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Double-crested Cormorants.

Come view and discuss the proposed changes to the Zoning Map for College Hill, Fox Point, Wayland, Mount Hope, Hope, and Blackstone at the neighborhood public meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 PM at Brown-RISD Hillel House, 80 Brown Street.  More information here.