Time to Act on Tree Planting

Just in time to lift spirits from the gloom of clearing walks and driveways of snow, the deadline for getting new trees in the neighborhood is rapidly approaching.

Tom Schmeling, a board member of the SNA and a former “tree captain” for 12th Street, points out that the spring Providence Neighborhood Planting Program cutoff date is Jan. 15, so now is the time to act.


Second public meeting on ‘tot lot’ plan hears cost estimate, alternate study

By Anthony Arrigo
SNA board member

As promised, a second public meeting regarding renovations at the Summit Avenue “tot lot” to include community gardens was held the morning of Saturday, Oct. 27.

Members of the Summit Neighborhood Association, the city Parks Department and concerned residents gathered at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave., to exchange views.


Second Tot Lot Meeting

When: Saturday October 27th, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Summit Commons

There will be a second public meeting regarding the revitalization of the (so called) Tot Lot on the corner of 9th and Summit.  The meeting will be held on Saturday October 27th, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Summit Commons (between Chace Ave. and Hillside Ave).  In attendance will be members of the SNA board, head of the City Parks and Recreation department Bob McMahon, and landscape architect Megan Gardner.

There was some robust discussion of the toys at the park, the new community garden space, the park redesign and so forth on the list-serv after the initial meeting, so this is your opportunity to discuss those matters directly with SNA and the Parks Department.

The architectural rendering of the proposed redesign of the park can be viewed here:

Plans for improved “tot lot” include community gardens

Plans for improved “tot lot” include community gardens

City parks superintendent Robert McMahon and landscape architect Megan Gardner brief Summit residents at the "tot lot" Thursday.

By Kerry Kohring

About 25 adult Summit residents – plus a few kids here and there – were presented with the city’s proposal on Thursday for improving the playground/park at Ninth Street and Summit Avenue, which includes provision for community gardens.

However, concern by some of the people present about limiting the size of the play area prompted organizers to call for another public meeting.


Blackstone Park Volunteers Needed

Blackstone Parks Conservancy is looking for volunteers to work in Blackstone Park on Saturdays during June. Our goal is to remove Japanese bittersweet, and invasive species, throughout the park.

Saturdays from 8:30 to 10:00

Location varies. Please e-mail me for directions if you plan to join us.

Removing bittersweet throughout the park before it can go to seed.

You may bring your own pruners, weed diggers, and gloves if you wish. I always have some in the back of the car.
E-mail me at anna.browder@verizon.net with questions.

SNA Sustainability Series: Water Features, Fish Ponds, and Mosquito Prevention

DATE: 6/6/2012
LOCATION : East Side/Mount Hope YMCA

Following on the heels of a great Urban Beekeeping event, we’d like to announce the next free workshop in our SNA Sustainability Series: Water Features, Fish Ponds, and Mosquito Prevention, which will take place at 7 PM on 6/6 in the Childcare Center of the East Side/Mount Hope YMCA (438 Hope Street).

Come learn how to create the aquatic garden you’ve always wanted, or just meet some neighbors!  We’re looking forward to seeing you.

Water flowing from supplemental pipes

Water has begun flowing through an above-ground system of pipes and hoses to a small segment of the Summit neighborhood in preparation for below-ground work on storm-sewer lines.

Crews from the contractor for the Narragansett Bay Commission have hooked flexible blue hoses from pipes along the street to the outside faucets of residences along portions of Overhill, Bayard, Eighth, Sarah and Brewster between Hope and Sarah. The workers then turned off the main intake valves inside the homes and water flowed into rather than out of the faucets, in effect providing free unmetered service.


Temporary water-supply pipes part of massive drain project

By Anthony Arrigo
SNA board member

The installation of temporary water-supply pipes above ground in the Summit neighborhood is one more example of the Narragansett Bay Commission’s (NBC) construction work on the Combined Sewer Overflow Program (CSOP), the affects of which will be felt for three to four more years.

The CSOP is a $500-million-plus project required to meet standards set by the 1972 U.S. Clean Water Act to reduce the overflow of sewage into regional waterways. Roughly 10 years ago, the NBC embarked on a comprehensive abatement program in exchange for a waiver from federal non-compliance fines, which could have been as much as $25,000 per day, per violation. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.