Blackstone Parks Conservancy

The East Coast River Relay is a 3,000-mile celebration of the nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance’s 25th birthday and 50 key rivers along the Greenway, including our Seekonk River. The River Relay encourages participants to walk, bike, and run the Greenway and explore the rivers we connect. We are proud to partner with the East Coast Greenway Alliance for this event as it goes through Providence and Blackstone Parks. Please join us.

Walkers: The walk starts at 3:00 pm at India Point Park Parking Lot, 201 India Street, Providence, RI and ends at 5:00 pm in Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive aka River Road, Providence, RI 02906).

Kayakers: Meet at the Gano Street boat launch, 81-99 East Transit Street, Providence, RI at 3:00 pm. You must bring your own boat.

Bikers: Bike on down to the park at any point to celebrate and stay to enjoy the BBQ.

Walkers and paddlers will finish by 5:00 pm so they can attend a barbeque at Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive aka River Road, Providence, RI 02906).

Please note: as these are weather-dependent outdoor events, please check our website or Facebook page for any last-minute changes.

Solar eclipse this Monday!

If you haven’t heard, we will be having a solar eclipse on this Monday, August 21st. While it cannot be seen in it’s entirety in RI, we will be able to see some of it. Seems like a perfect time to get out in our park and enjoy this rare opportunity!

Join us for Shakespeare in the Park with the Head Trick Theatre presenting “The Knight of the Burning Pestle”

Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 27
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 8:00pm
Blackstone Field, 2 River Rd., Providence, RI 02906
Suggested donation $15

The Knight of the Burning Pestle will be performed with live folk music and dance in Providence’s Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Dr. aka River Rd., Providence, RI 02906). Bring a chair or picnic blanket and enjoy a comedy outdoors!


On the Boulevard

If you are one of the thousands who walk or run on the Boulevard Park, you may have seen a gentleman resembling a greatly slimmed down Santa Claus digging holes in the path this summer. This was Colgate Searle, the distinguished landscape architect who lends his expertise to the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC).

Constructed by the city in the early 1990s where a trolley once ran, the path urgently needs repair. As chair of the BPC’s Boulevard Committee, Colgate is trying to identify the composition of the path—which varies from section to section—in order to figure out how best to repair it.

You will be hearing more about Colgate’s ideas for the Boulevard’s preservation and maintenance this fall. His leadership augurs well for the future of this popular destination for city residents.

And while you wait for the next concerts (see dates below), keep enjoying the park. Each year new trees are added by the Conservancy, which works in partnership with the Providence Parks Department. The latter does the mowing of the park while Groundwork Rhode Island mulches and waters the young trees with funds donated by Conservancy members and managed by BPC volunteers.


In the Conservation District


After years of planning and preparation—weed demolition by a troupe of goats and fence building by volunteers as well as the provision of stumps to sit on–the circle designed just for children and known as RiverWood officially opened in June. The brainchild of Elena Riverstone and the Education Committee, the circle sits just inside the woods opposite the Narragansett Boat Club on River Road.

A throng of children enlivened the field choosing from an array of offerings. Some played field games while others worked on the Wetu or did face painting. Luis Arias from the RI Philharmonic Music School played the drums and local actor Chris Byrnes (who may often be found at Books on the Square) was invited inside the magic circle to read aloud to a group of enthralled listeners.



ParkKeeping this year is organized for the convenience of volunteers wanting some activity for an hour or so at the end of the weekday. So far they have been enormously helpful in maintaining the center section of Blackstone Park. See our website for the next date. And bring your children.


Jane Peterson