Blackstone Parks Conservancy

A mix of regulars and occasional participants have been hard at work removing invasive plants, spreading wood chips, and fixing trails.  In late June and throughout July we worked in all three sections of the park.  In spite of the heat, it’s been fun and extremely satisfying to know that we’re giving native plants some space to thrive, clearing sightlines for park users, stabilizing trails against erosion and damage, and increasing the ability of stormwater to soak in where it falls.

More park-keeping events will be scheduled for the late summer and fall: if you’re interested, please contact us or stay tuned to our website.

After much deliberation, we announced last june that the 2020 Boulevard Summer Concerts have been cancelled. Given the concerts are held at the Trolley Shelter in a relatively small area there were too many challenges around controlling maximum crowd size the required social distancing and ensuring safe conditions for musicians. Providence Parks and Recreation Superintendent Wendy Nilsson and representatives […]

!5MinuteFieldTrips presents a six week program for 12 kids ages 7-12 at Blackstone Park.  For further information please click here.

Snapping Turtles

  There are at least two mature snapping turtles (Chelydra sepentina) in York Pond, probably weighing between 10 and 35 pounds.  Snapping turtles like shallow ponds or streams, fresh or brackish.  They eat plants but also hunt and eat fish, frogs, reptiles, birds, and small mammals. When about 20 years old, the female leaves the water […]

The snapping turtles are out and about! They have been laying eggs in nests made on land, and we have also been seeing them as they move between the pond and the Seekonk River. PLEASE do not touch or handle the turtles.  They move surprisingly fast and could give you a very bad bite. Plus […]