Blackstone Parks Conservancy

Anonymous Flyer

It has come to the attention of the BPC that an anonymous person has distributed flyers concerning dogs and, perhaps inadvertently, creating the false impression that they come from the Conservancy. They do not.

Only the owner of the parks, namely, the City of Providence as represented by the Department of Parks and Recreation, is entitled to make policy decisions involving the parks and their users. The Parks Department confirmed the flyers did not come from them either.  An official notice from the Parks Department would be posted in the kiosk at Parkside Avenue.

Jane Peterson, President

Due to concerns about the EEE virus we are canceling the September 12  Park keeping event. Our next Park keeping is scheduled for October 3rd.  We hope to see you there.

One of our signature annual events, Moonrise on the Seekonk, originally planned for September 14th, has been rescheduled for Monday, November 11th (Veterans Day) at 4:00pm, to comply with the Rhode Island Health Department’s recent recommendations for protection against the EEE virus include minimizing exposure at dusk. By mid-November we expect all mosquitos and the EEE threat to have been eliminated by overnight frost.

Our other mid-September event, RiverRide on the Seekonk will go ahead on Sunday, September 15th.  There will be three boat rides, departing at 11am, 11:50 and 12:40pm – all safely outside the times when extra precautions are recommended.  Due to high demand, and we are presently only taking waiting list requests, only for the 11:50 and 12:40 rides.

In light of RiverRide‘s popularity, we are pleased to inform you that we are currently planning a second RiverRide, for Sunday, October 20th. Reservations will start on Monday, September 23rd.


The Rhode Island Department of Health is broadcasting an alert to the current danger of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) across Rhode Island.  This dangerous disease is carried by mosquitoes and precautions include wearing clothing that covers the body, using insect repellant, and avoiding areas inhabited by mosquitoes, especially at dawn and dusk.
Mosquitoes inhabit all of Blackstone Park and are very numerous in the areas around Hockey Pond and York Pond.  When enjoying Blackstone Park, remember to protect yourself against mosquitoes and avoid the areas around our ponds at dawn and dusk.