Blackstone Parks Conservancy

The Department of Environmental Management, through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the RI Tree Council and the RI Nursery and Landscape Association, will be providing 1,000 free trees to Rhode Island homeowners this fall.

The trees are part of a program to help Rhode Islanders save energy and reduce their utility bills by strategically planting trees on their property.

Click here for further information and a link to online registration.

Late August, early September, last chance to savor the fruits of summer one more time before diving into autumn.

   “No Mow” A few people have puzzled over three-foot-high stakes in the grassy areas by York Pond, and at Irving and Loring avenues, which say: “No Mow: Ecology Study.” In partnership with the Providence Parks Department, the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) is experimenting with a way to protect the vulnerable edges of the woods in the Conservation District. In past years, stripping mulch from the soil at the edges with leaf blowers and mowing the already sparse grass close to the ground has opened them to a number of troublesome invasive plant species capable of eventually taking over the woodland. Bare soil also encourages erosion.

A model for the “no-mow” approach is Parkside in the center section, where not mowing the past three years has been highly successful. Sedge and other grasses as well as flowering “weeds” have seeded in so well that the once significant erosion down toward Angell Avenue has effectively ended.

       Behind the Scenes Two BPC volunteers, Carrie Drake and Elena Riverstone, became recertified by the University of Rhode Island (URI) this summer as managers of invasive plant removal. With members of the Park Committee and the help of the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Coastal Resource Management Council, they are planning a frontal assault on particularly intense concentrations of three invaders in the north section: Japanese knotweed, green briar, and Asiatic bittersweet. Known as the “snarls,” several patches entwine well up into the trees behind and are capable of eventually killing them.

Stormwater Management Rresearch in Blackstone field opposite the Narragansett Boat Club (NBC). For a brief time in late summer or early fall, an engineering firm hired by NBC will be boring some holes in the field to assess drainage capacity. Signs will be posted as needed.

       Blowing Our Horn. Recently a stranger from New Bedford approached a rower at NBC to ask about the boat club. In the course of conversation he told the rower that he used to work as a driver for Lincoln School and in his free time he would walk in the woods of the Blackstone Park Conservation District. “Have you seen what they done!?” he asked. “It’s really great now! Did you see it before?”

Jane Peterson

We invite you to attend the family event “Moonrise on the Seekonk River.”

This event is part of a series of free events offered by the Blackstone Parks Conservancy with support from the Partnership for Providence Parks and Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.

Join us on Saturday, August 29th, from 5 to 8pm:

5:00 – 6:30: Games & Moon Crafts for children (age 10 & under), Trail & River walks led by Blackstone Parks Conservancy members for children and adults.

6:30 – 7:30 Have your picnic dinner in the field to the live music of Joe’s Backyard Band

7:30 (approx. ) The Moon Rises over the Seekonk! Howling, chanting, singing, dancing encouraged.


Bring: Chairs or blanket, picnic dinner or snacks, long pants and closed shoes (for trailwalks), insect repellent.

At Blackstone Field (across from the Narragansett Boat Club, 2 River Road, Providence, RI 02906 – between Angell Street and Irving Avenue). Map coordinates: 41°49’58.8″N 71°22’40.9″W

All ages are welcome!