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2nd Annual Earth Day Spring Cleaning

February 26th, 2014 | Posted by wendynilsson in City News | Upcoming Events - (0 Comments)

Saturday, April 26, 2014 mostly from 9-12. Registration will be available soon on the Serve

Rhode Island Website soon. Participating organizations and parks include:

Location   Event Details Address Organization
Avenue Concept Kennedy Plaza Rink The   Avenue Concept will run an Earth Day clean up of the Kennedy Plaza Skating   Rink, we will partner with the City of PVD and use volunteers who use the   facility during the summer at The Avenue Sandwich. We will pick up trash,   repaint damage railing, and do min landscaping as needed. Kennedy   Plaza Avenue Concept
Avenue Concept westminster street6/10 underpass Last   year 2 RI artists painted 2 50’ murals on Westminster st under route 6/10   over the course of the year there have been a number of accidents, and DOT   bridge updates that have caused damage and debris to gather around the 2   walls. The Avenue Concept will  work   with volunteers and the original artists to restore the murals, pick up   trash, and work together to improve the daily commutes using large scale   urban art. RT   10/6 Westminster Street underpass Avenue Concept
Avenue Concept westminster street Thornedale During   2014 Earthday, the Pearl Garden with it’s new direction from Jesse the new   resident farmer will have a work day with volunteers from the community to   start rebuilding beds, and do the annual spring clean up of the sidewalk area   that is the neighborhood dumping ground since there is no sidewalk, and the   City with not install one. So we plan to remove weeds, and build small plant   beds were we will plant flowers, paint parts of the fence and invite   community members to work together. 304   Lockwood Street Avenue Concept
Blackstone   Woods We’re   planning two activities for children (one for k-grade 3 and one for   grade  4 -7) centered on recycling and   care of the environment. We will also be setting up a “Reading Corner” at the   event with children’s books about the environment.  Funds will be   used for the purchase of books, printing of handouts on recycling for parents   and children, and materials needed for the two activities. 636   Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906 Blackstone ParkConservancy
Broad Street Quisqueya   en Accion
Brown Street   Park 8th   Annual Spring Clean up and planting 207   Brown Street, Providence, RI 02906 Friends   of Brown Street Park
Bucklin Park General   park litter clean up and plantings focused in the following areas: entrance   to the recreation center and butterfly garden. 109  Bucklin Street, Providence, RI 02907 Friends   of Bucklin Park                      Facebook
Cabral Park The   Vartan Gregorian Elementary School PTO is planning our Spring Clean-Up Day at   the school and adjoining Cabral Park, for Saturday April 12.e planting   and beautification of the park. 515   Wickenden Street, Providence, RI 02903 Vartan   Gregorian Elementary School PTO, working in partnership with Friends of   Cabral Park Friends of Cabral Park Facebook
Corliss Park Annual   Spring Clean up of Corliss Park 30   Corina Street, Providence, RI 02908 Friends of Corliss Park  
CityWALK/Jewelry District The   clean-up’s components include:  tree   pruning, tree well clean-up, and mulching; street gutter and sidewalk leaf   raking and debris removal CityWALK
Davey Lopes Recreation Center and Park Clean   up and planting at park and community garden 62   TANNER ST
Dexter Training   Ground Clean   up and planting bulbs and plants around the Monument at DTG and the trees 65   Dexter Street, Providence, RI 02909 Friends   of Dexter Training Ground
General Street Playgorund Painting   and beautification Projects at Generalal Street We will attach empty 2 liter   soda bottles to the fence with plastic    ties and then fill them with dirt and geraniums. 11   West Drive 02904 Creative   Kids After School Program
Elmwood Ave Tree Planting To   prepare for the street tree planting with volunteers, PNPP conducts training   sessions in the weeks prior, demonstrating the proper planting methods and   long term care for the trees. 206   Elmwood Avenue Providence   Neighborhood Planting Partnership
TBA Tree Planting To   prepare for the street tree planting with volunteers, PNPP conducts training   sessions in the weeks prior, demonstrating the proper planting methods and   long term care for the trees. TBA Providence   Neighborhood Planting Partnership
Fargnoli Park Park   and neighborhood clean-up, landscaping improvements.  Activities and games for kids. 237   Jastram Street, Providence, RI 02908 Elmhurst Clean & Green   or Facebook
Father Lennon   Park Playground The   Smith Hill Community Development Corporation, in collaboration with the   Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence (ISPN), the Chad Brown   Alumni Association (CBAA), the Smith Hill Library Friends Group (SHF) and the   larger community of Smith Hill will be cleaning up the streets of Smith Hill   on (or around  Earth Day 2014). 60   Camden Avenue, Providence, RI 02908 Smith   Hill CDC
Gano Street Ball Fields We   will ask little leaguers and their families to join us for the morning to   help clean up the Gano Street and Sessions Street baseball fields in   preparation for our 2014 season that begins in late April. 163   Gano Street, Providence, RI 02906 FoxPoint   ES LL
Gano Street   Park Clean   up and plantings at Gano Street Park 163   Gano Street, Providence, RI 02906 Fox   Point Neighorhood Association
Gladys Potter   Park Park   Clean up for kids and fmailies.    Details TBA 141   Humboldt Avenue, Providence, RI 02906 Friends   of Gladys Potter Park
Harriet & Sayles/Mary Fogarty School Clean   up and plantings around the school and playground. Children’s activities 370   SAYLES ST Providence   Children’s Initiative
India Point Park Clean   up of shoreline and park on Earth Day.    Remove flotsam/jetsam.  Clear   rubbish.  Remove graffiti.  Repair and paint tables and benches and   railings.  Mulch around trees and   planted beds. ‘Parking lot’ @ 109 India Street 109   India Street, Providence, RI 02903 Friends of India Point Park
Joslin Park and Orchard cleaning   up, preparing beds, and planting berries and flowering herbs in the Joslin   Community Orchard. Florence   Street Friends   of Joslin Park/Orchards
Murphy Trainor Park  Clean up Murphy Trainor Park and plant some   phytoremediator plants. Participants will learn which plants are   phytoremediators and why they are useful to plant in urban settings. Sets of   Phytoremediator flash cards will be printed and available free to   participants. 3   MOLTER Urban Pond Procession
Neutaconkanut Recreation Area Clean   up of ballfields and recreation area. Plant some trees and perennials 175   PLAINFIELD ST REAR Friends   of Neutaconkanut Recreation Area
Neutaconkanut   Hill  Plant  Eastern White Pine trees in the meadow   areas and slopes  of Neutconkanut Hill.
As time allows, volunteers will also participate in trail brushing, removal   of invasive plants along the trails, as    well as cleanup on Plainfield    St. at the King Homestead entrance.
58   Legion Memorial Drive, Providence, RI 02909 Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy
Patterson Park Tree   and other plantings, annual park clean up and children’s activities 6   PATERSON ST. Friends   of Patterson Park
Peace and   Plenty Park   We are planning to have a ground breaking   for the upcoming Park expansion that day as well as a clean up 69   Peace Street, Providence, RI 02907 Friends   of Peace and Plenty Park
Roger Williams   Park Serve   Rhode Siland Clean up 1000   Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02905 Serve   RI Roger Williams Park Conservancy
Save The Bay   Center   100   Save The Bay Drive, Providence RI 02907 Save   The Bay
The Wild   Place  Clearing   invasives, planting and mulching 170   Cemetery Street, Providence, RI 02904 Friends of the Wild Place
Viscolosi Park Planting   and cleaning of the park 1684   Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, RI 02909 Friends of Viscolosi Park Facebook
Waterplace Gardens Plantings   and cleaning to improve the grounds of Waterplace gardens 200   Exchange Street Ftiends   of Waterplace Garden Club
Waterplace Park Volunteers   join on the shore and river  to remove   debris from Waterplace Park. 12   American Express Way Waterfire Providence
West Elmwood Housing Development: Superior, Diamond and Hollis   Streets This   cleanup will focus on removing littler and illegally dumped mattresses and   construction waste in the area of Diamond and Superior Streets, including a   very large vacant lot, a community garden and the surrounding sidewalks. We   will end the day with a community cookout. Diamond   and Superior Streets West   Elmwood Housing Development
Woonasquatucket   River Greenway/Riverside Park  We’ll be focused on Riverside Park doing a   variety of projects, like weeding and mulching all the garden beds, staining   playground edging, building/painting new picnic benches, building an addition   on the community garden fence, garbage pick-up, in-river clean up, and barrel   painting. There will be some additional projects, if materials or funding   come through, and we’ll have some over-flow projects (like staining the   railing for the new bike path spur and garbage and debris removal) available   just down the path to Merino Park. 50   ALEPPO Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
Zuccolo Recreation Center and Knight Street Park Clean   up and beautification projects 82   KNIGHT ST Zuccolo   Recreati Center Staff

Partnership in the News

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February Partnership News

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Earth Day Spring 2014 Cleaning Mini Grant Applications

January 10th, 2014 | Posted by wendynilsson in City News - (Comments Off on Earth Day Spring 2014 Cleaning Mini Grant Applications)

Earth Day Spring Cleaning Mini Grant Applications

 To see schedule for Parks Academy 2014

or register, click here


The Urban Refuge Workshop will be combined with the March 22nd 9-12 in Charlestown. Also, Community Gardening workshop will be held at SSCLT 109 Somerset Street, Providence
 2nd Annual Winter/Spring Parks Academy
January 28-May 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Partnership for Providence Parks presents its Parks Academy 2014, a wide variety of free workshops to provide technical assistance and support to those caring for Providence’s parks, treescapes, and green spaces. Workshops include:

  • Creating or Updating a Vision for your Park
  • Working with Volunteer Groups and Managing Service Projects
  • Using Social Media and the Web: What’s New and Relevant?
  • The Basics of Group Sustainability: Grant Writing, Fund Development, and Board Development
  • Fitness in your Park
  • From Darkness to Light
  • Planning and Promoting a Performing Arts and Play Event in Your Park
  • Community Gardens
  • Transform Your Vision Into An Action Plan
  • Promoting Play in your Park
  •  Urban Refuges
  • Oral Histories of our Public Spaces

Registration information and schedule are available at

 The Partnership is grateful to the many community partners who facilitate and host these workshops: Providence Parks Department, RISD, Providence Healthy Communities Office, Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Providence Children Museum, Greater Providence YMCA, East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, Providence College Annex, US Fish & Wildlife (RI Refuges), Serve Rhode Island, JOhnson And Wales University, The Rhode Island Foundation, Southside Community Land Trust, Friends of Corliss Park, Elmhurst Clean and Green, and more.  Thanks to the National Environment Education Fund, Capacity Building grants are available to Providence park groups who attend workshops to take and do an idea from the workshops.


The Partnership for Providence Parks is a new initiative of the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation. The Partnership is a city-wide public/private non-profit 501(c)3 geared toward helping residents and community partners help our parks be active, vibrant, healthy, playful and unique places.

To learn more about the Partnership, please visit

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund -update

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (0 Comments)

Website: Program: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) supports volunteer driven community groups working at the local level in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. NEGEF interprets the word ‘environment’ broadly and will provide funding for a wide range of activities. Whole systems-thinking is critical to initiatives focused on making our environment better, healthier and more sustainable. NEGEF Seed and Grow grants are intended to support community groups who represent the most exciting energy in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders Contact: Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. You may also call NEGEF staff at 802-223-4622 Deadlines: Seed grants are quick project-focused grants dedicated to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s).The Seed grant program offers grants up top $1,000 and has rolling application deadlines. Grow grants are competitive group development grants dedicated to help established groups increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.Grow grants range from $1,000-$3,500. The Grow grant program has two application deadlines annually, March 15th and September 15th.

Mini Pop up Play Resource Guide

September 7th, 2013 | Posted by wendynilsson in Workshops - (0 Comments)

New mini Pop up play resource guide from our friends at Pop up Adventure Play

Providence Neighborhood Planting Program Fall 2013 DATES

September 6th, 2013 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (0 Comments)

Providence Neighborhood Planting Program

Fall 2013 Planting Schedule

The rain date for fall 2013 is Saturday November 2. Plantings will be postponed to this date in extreme weather conditions (Torrential rain, heavy wind, and/or lightning) only.

Please meet at the site noted for a planting demonstration before planting any trees.

Saturday October 5

8 am meet at 522 Pleasant Valley Parkway for Elmhurst Neighborhood Planting

10 am meet at 680 Admiral Street for Elmhurst Neighborhood Planting

12:45 pm meet at 539 Smith Street for Smith Hill Neighborhood Planting

Saturday October 19

8:15am meet at 58 Whitehall St for Silver Lake Neighborhood Planting

9:45am meet at 201 Princeton Ave for West End Neighborhood Planting

11am meet at 30 Adelaide Ave for Elmwood Neighborhood Planting (simultaneous planting)

11am meet at 171 Reservoir on Crescent for Reservoir Neighborhood Planting (simultaneous planting)

1:30pm meet at the ball field on Alger Ave for South Elmwood Neighborhood Planting

Tuesday October 22

9 am Westminster St and Service Road Planting sponsored by TD Bank and

Alliance for Community Trees

Thursday October 24

10,000th tree planting at Sackett Street School sponsored by National Grid

9am begin planting trees along Sackett Street between Melrose and Hamilton

10:35 am Speaking program

11 am Ceremonial planting of 10,000th tree

Saturday October 26

9 am meet at 13 Florence St for Olneyville Community Garden and William D’abate School Garden Planting

10:45 am meet at 1 Greco Lane for Olneyville Neighborhood Planting

Saturday November 2 Foul weather date


Liz Downing, Director

Providence Neighborhood Planting Program

PO Box 603235

Providence, RI 02906


2013 Playful Providence Weekend Schedule

September 5th, 2013 | Posted by wendynilsson in City News | Organization News | Upcoming Events - (0 Comments)

For the latest Playful Providence Weekend 2013 update,

Final Print version

Final Web version

Longer Web version is updated every 48 hours.

Spanish version coming soon

Friday, September 20 8:00   AM-5:00 PM Park-ing Day explore   the Partnership’s mini park

designed   by artist CamomileHixon

130 Washington Street
2:00-4:00   PM Open   Swim and Splash East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA

438   Hope Street, Providence · (401) 521-0155

TBA Please   check our website for details on this event


Bucklin Park

West   End – 404 Dexter Street

Hosts: Friends of Bucklin Park

5:00-8:00   PM Playful   Providence Kick-off Celebration

Featuring   playful activities at Providence Children’s Museum and short presentations at   5:30 by Mayor Angel Taveras   and other speakers.

Providence   Children’s Museum

100   South Street  (401) 273-5437

Saturday, September 21 9:00-11:00   AM Classic   Lawn Games


Paterson Park

Wayland   Square – 6 Paterson Street

Hosts: Friends of Paterson Park

9:00   AM-1:00 PM Woony Ride: Explore the Woonasquatucket River from Providence to bucolic   North Smithfield on the 4th Annual 50/27/10/5 mile bike-a-thon fundraiser for   the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Rides   start and end in Providence
Check   in at Waterplace   Park a half hour before your chosen ride begins.

This   event is a fundraiser and has a fee:   9:00   AM   – 50 mile ride, 10:30 AM   – 27 mile ride, 11:30 AM-   10 mile ride, 12:00 PM   –  5 mile ride/walk

Waterplace Park

Downtown   Providence

Hosts: WRWC

Register   here

9:30-10:30   AM Kids’   Zumbatomic


Lippitt Park

Blackstone   – 1001 Blackstone Boulevard

Hosts:  East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA

10:00   AM-12:00 PM Zumba  

and child’s play

Corliss Park

Wanskuck   – 30 Corina   Street

Hosts: Friends of   Corliss Park

10:00   AM-3:00 PM Open access to the river for   kayakers from Narragansett Boat Club docks. Explore the Narragansett River in   Providence. Narragansett Boat Club

Blackstone   – 2 River Road

Hosts:  Hosts: Blackstone Parks Conservancy

10:30   AM-12:30 PM River Ride Boat Trip: leaving   from Narragansett Boat Club dock at 10:30 AM. Boat provided by Save the Bay. Seating is limited. Please arrive 10   minutes early Narragansett Boat Club

Blackstone   – 2 River Road

Hosts: Blackstone Parks   Conservancy

11:00   AM-2:00 PM Super   Challenging Pop-up Obstacle Course with Rhode Island Parkour   and RI Street Gym

Courses   for adults and kids!  Play Mural Making Site

Brown Street Park

College   Hill – 233 Brown Street

Hosts: Friends of Brown Street Park & RI   Parkour

12:00-2:00   PM Come   explore the new Imagination Center in Burnside Park with the Imagination   Playground and fun activities for kids of all ages! Burnside   Park

Downtown – 2 Kennedy Plaza

Hosts:   Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy

1:00-5:00   PM Open   Swim and Splash East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA

438   Hope Street, Providence · (401) 521-0155

1:00   PM-3:00 PM Pop-Up Imagination Playground and   more!

Play   Mural Making Site


Harriet & Sayles Park

Lower   South Providence – 370 Sayles

Hosts: Providence Children’s Initiative

1:00-3:00   PM Outdoor   Water Park Big Splash Fun

Wear   your suit and bring a towel!

Billy Taylor Park

Mt.   Hope – 140 Camp Street

Hosts: Providence Department of Parks and Recreation & East   Side/Mt. Hope YMCA

2:00-4:00   PM Nature   Scavenger Hunt The Wild Place

Hope   Neighborhood – behind Collyer Park next to Peter Pan Bus Station on   Cemetery Street

Hosts: Friends of the Wild Place

6:00-8:00   PM Come discover a hidden park and   the artwork it has inspired. Bring food to share and watch short films about Mashapaug Pond made by local youth and   adults. Watch the launching of floating poem lanterns suspended on ice in the   pond.

Activities are the culminating   event from Urban Pond Procession’s Saturday Summer Series in which artists   and naturalists taught residents about the pond’s indigenous history, waters,   plants and natural beauty.

Boating Center on Mashapaug Pond Reservoir ­– enter at the rear   of the parking lot of the Ocean State Job Lot at 361 Reservoir Avenue

Hosts: Urban Pond Procession

Friends   of Knight Memorial Library


Sunday, September 22 10:00   AM-12:00 PM Crossfit   for Kids and play


Dexter Training Ground

West   End – 65   Dexter   Street

Hosts: West   Broadway Neighborhood Association

10:00 AM-12:00 PM


Open   Swim and Splash East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA

438   Hope Street, Providence · (401) 521-0155

10:30   AM-12:00 PM Build Your Own Fairy House using   natural and found materials. Bring a blanket to sit on. Blackstone Park field on River Rd.   across from Narragansett Boat Club

Hosts: Blackstone Parks   Conservancy & Friends of Blackstone Woods

1:00-3:00   PM Sand Castles and Sand Monsters

Play   Mural Making Site


Joslin Park

Olneyville   – Florence Street

Hosts: Friends of Joslin Park

1:00-2:00   PM Open   Swim and Splash East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA

438   Hope Street, Providence · (401) 521-0155

1:30-3:30   PM Rhody Ropers: Make a jump rope, learn   some new jumping skills and put it all together with music and fun. Also try   a baseball skills clinic with Coach Richard Hemp. Neutaconkanut Recreation Area

Silver   Lake – 675 Plainfield Street

Hosts: Friends of Neutaconkanut Recreation Area/Silver Lake Little League

2:00-3:00   PM HummerFlutter   Puppetry with Lisa Abbatomarco


Viscolosi Park

Mount   Pleasant – 1684 Chalkstone Avenue

Hosts: Friends of Viscolosi Park

2:00-4:00   PM Y   on the Move with Inflatable obstacle course mini-mural   painting, chalk art and celebrate the Park’s   5th birthday Peace & Plenty Park

South   Elmwood – Corner of Peace & Updike Streets

Hosts: Friends of Peace & Plenty Park

3:00-6:30   PM At 3:00 PM, join a super-fun Pop-Up Playground and at 5:00 PM kick   off your shoes as the ever-popular Superchief   Trio plays boogie-woogie, swing, New Orleans R&B, and jump blues!    Come play, dance and enjoy a beautiful fall evening. Play Mural Making Site Fargnoli Park

Elmhurst   – 237 Jastram   Street

Hosts:  Elmhurst Clean   & Green


4:00-5:30   PM Open   Swim and Splash East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA

438   Hope Street Providence · (401) 521-0155

We   are also grateful to the Following: ColArt USA, Canson, Inc., Alvin & Co., Jack   Anderson Associates, Hammer Associates, General Pencil Co. , Capucine,   Sherwin Williams University Heights, Whole Foods, Camomile Hixon,   93.3 WSNE, RISD, Warren Art Spot, Maciel  Painting


Fri 10/18, 5-7pm, SALON, co-presented with the Providence Preservation Society: Partnership for Providence Parks (P3) Director Wendy Nilsson along  with several P3 partners, on “Strengthening and Connecting Communities through Parks and Play,” part of the 2013 PPS Symposium, “Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience.” In 1903, inspired by Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace in Boston, the Providence Parks Department proposed a linear system of interconnected parks and boulevards.  One year ago the Partnership for Providence Parks  was formed to help realize this vision.  In collaboration with the Parks Department, the Partnership cultivates volunteer groups and provides resources to them so that Providence’s parks become vibrant, healthy, playful spaces that reflect the spirit of each neighborhood.  Across the city over 30 volunteer groups and countless community partners are working to transform over 95 parks into community hubs, nature conservancies and places for children and families to play and explore. While each of these parks represents the needs and identity of the surrounding neighborhoods, they are also part of a city-wide effort to physically and socially connect communities through 1100 acres of green space and develop a coherent, cohesive message about how Providence values civic engagement, public/private partnerships, and the importance of homepage green space to our quality of life. More on P3:; more on PPS: Sponsor: James Brayton Hall