The Partnership for Providence Parks is teaming up with the City of Providence’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Healthy Communities Office and Providence Children’s Museum for an exciting summer of play in Providence parks. The Partnership is seeking energetic summer PlayCorps Interns to facilitate and support creative and rewarding play experiences for Providence youth.

Deadline, May 21st

PlayCorps InternPosition Description and Application

Register here for Earth Day Spring Cleaning

Earth Day 2014 Save the Date Digital (2)

Major Partners

Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Providence Parks and Recreation, Partnership for Providence Parks, Serve Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University, Whole Foods, Center for Ecosystem Restoration, US Fish and Wildlife Urban Refuge Partnership, WBRU and RIPTA

Sponsors

ED Honest Tea ED samsclub ED Seven Stars ED Sparkling Ice ED UNO ED FlatbreadEDAngie'sED Dels ED ESM

Earth Day Spring Cleaning Buttons 2014

Volunteer and use your Earth Day Spring Cleaning 2014 Button for a one time free admission to the RWP Zoo, Botanical Center, and Natural History Museum; free rides on RIPTA April 26 and 27, 2014, 20% discount at Flatbread company on April 26 and 27, 2014; bring in a reusable coffee cup for a free coffee at Seven Stars; receive 15% off your meal at  Uno Chicago Grill (Providence) on April 26 and 27, 2014; receive a discount on groceries at Eastside Marketplace when you use reusable bag April 26 and 27, 2014s.

March 2014 News

Narragansett Bay Commission Earth Day Grants Available

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Narragansett Bay Commission Earth Day http://www.billhobbs.com/ Grants Available

Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) just announced their Earth Day clean up grants.

Resources

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Free Seeds from URI Outreach Center

A great opportunity for schools and community groups to get FREE SEEDS until March 15, 2014. Vegetable, flower, and herb seed packets are now available to order by schools, Boy Scout & Girl Scout troops, 4-H Clubs, community gardens, and educational/nonprofit groups for the price of postage.
Pop-Up Adventure Play Resources 

Great Resources from out Friends at Pop-Up Adventure Play:

Here is a link to your free Mini Pop-Up Kit. This kit builds on our work with children around the world to help you support child-directed play for children in your home or local community. We are also pleased to click announce that you can now download the Mini Pop-Up Kit in Spanish! Descargue aquí el Mini Pop-Up kit en español. You can also download our Amazing Benefits of Child-Directed Play, which can be a great resource if you’d like to advocate for play where you live. Please share with neighbors, teachers, or pediatricians – anyone who can help to support play.

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 www.theavenueconcept.com
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   www.theavenueconcept.com
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 www.theavenueconcept.com
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 www.Blackstoneparkconservancy.org
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
www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org
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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/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 www.wbna.org
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 www.elmhurstcleanandgreen.com   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   www.Friendsofindiapointpark.org
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 www.urbanpondprocession.org
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   www.nhill.org
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 Www.friendsofthewildplace.weebly.com
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   www.waterfire.org
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 www.wrwc.org
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

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Earth Day Spring Cleaning Mini Grant Applications

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qw3lk1hwh5m8dcb/Mini%20Grant%20Application%202014%201.8.14.docx

 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 www.providenceparks.org.

 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 www.ProvidenceParks.org.