Blackstone Parks Conservancy

photo 1Terracing 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 project will essentially complete trail work in the center section of the Conservation District.

Thank you for your help and cooperation!

Blackstone Parks Conservancy & Providence Park + Rec Department

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photo 5On 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 tiny forest cockroach, and a millipede. Magnifying lenses helped everyone see the earth-makers up close while April delighted them with worm facts. Between stops, Education Committee Chair Rick Richards shared stories about the Park and river.

April knows the Park well, having worked there with middle-schoolers for several years as part of an after-school Audubon program. Now she serves as Providence coordinator for an urban education program sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with the Providence Park Department.

The children grew quiet to look at a nesting bluejay and learn about the materials that go into nests – leaves and hair and string and more. For some, it was a first visit to the Park, which borders Lincoln School. In response to signs notifying other park users about the visiting preschoolers, dog owners obligingly leashed their dogs during the tour.

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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. Our special event for this year will be focused on providing a better future for Monarch butterflies. Participants will have the opportunity to plant milkweed seedlings near the pond (the essential plant for Monarchs)! You can also learn some interesting facts about Monarchs, and take home a FREE packet of milkweed seeds to do your own planting. Bring the kids!
All the supplies for the clean-up, and the tools, seedlings and seeds for planting will be provided. Snacks and beverages will also be available.
* Please take note that River Rd. will be closed to traffic on Earth Day. To reach our event, take Irving Ave. off Blackstone Boulevard and park along Irving before it reaches River Road.