An overview of what’s happening around the city right now
The Observatory Neighborhood Association joined with the Ward 3 Democratic Committee and new Councilwoman Sue AnderBois in a community meeting on February 6. Held in the community room of the Rochambeau Library, there was a standing room only crowd. AnderBois introduced herself, discussed her priorities for the year, and then answered questions from the audience. Joint meetings will continue throughout the year.
Elmwood Neighborhood Association and other Providence volunteers took to the streets collecting littered bottles as part of the Great Nip Pickup Challenge put on by Save The Bay and Friends of the Saugatucket. The collection effort kicked off December 27 and ran through March 27. Neighbors brought discarded nips to Save The Bay’s headquarters in Providence to keep tally of this year’s impact. At press, the challenge is still underway, but last year, around 20 volunteers collected over 21,000 50mL plastic nips off the streets and out of Rhode Island waterways, all within 90 days. This quantity was instrumental in bringing the nip conversation to the forefront of local and statewide policy.
Though the challenge has ended, there are still ways to get involved in local cleanups via Save The Bay by becoming a cleanup leader. Enroll in the upcoming training seminar via Zoom on April 5 to go over the nuts and bolts of leading and organizing a cleanup in your neighborhood, and sign up to be an assistant leader at a spring event to complete your training. Visit online to learn more at Volunteer.SaveBay.org.
At the end of January, two large trailer trucks from Pickens, SC pulled slowly toward the river end of South Street. Their arrival signaled the end of a years-long effort to create a pedestrian path from Waterplace Park to the Point Street Bridge. The next day at low tide, after the two halves of the bridge were permanently joined together, a crane hoisted the 25,000-piece walking bridge into place. At time of press, Jewelry District Association (JDA) expects to see construction begin in March, with railings, planting, lighting, and other final touches to be installed. By mid-June the bridge will be open to the public. The JDA extends thanks to Wexford Science & Technology, the company that rescued a Providence landmark by turning it into South Street Landing. Now, the city will have another delightful amenity. (Eyewitnesses report that rabbits are already using the bridge to reach new feeding grounds.)
The Mile of History Association (MoHA) is planning a complimentary spring outdoor block party for members and prospective new members, with more details to come. Looking ahead to this summer, MoHA will again be the major supporter of the Concerts in the Garden program at Shakespeare’s Head in collaboration with the Providence Preservation Society. The monthly concerts of the 2023 season will run from May through September.
The restoration of the streetlights along Benefit Street has begun. The first ones are installed towards the southern end of Benefit Street. We expect that more will be in place by the time you read this. MoHA has arranged major funding for this project. For more information and to join MoHA’s ongoing preservation efforts, visit MileOfHistory.org.
Are you new to Summit and looking to meet new people and get more involved in the community? Are you a long-time Summit resident with a great idea for improving the neighborhood? Do you have a passion project in mind that you’d like help and support bringing to life? Are you looking to connect with others to work on grass-roots projects? If you answer yes to any of these questions, consider joining the Summit Neighborhood Association (SNA) board. Becoming a member is a great way to get to know the community and your neighbors, while volunteering on projects like the Hope Street Mural, food pantry deliveries, tree planting, street improvements, park development, and more. The SNA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, April 24 in the Sopkin Auditorium of Miriam Hospital. They will hold elections for board officers and members. Contact us at SNAProv@gmail.com for more information.
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