Don’t miss the Providence Preservation Society’s annual Festival of Historic Houses on Saturday, June 3, which focuses on the Elmwood neighborhood this year.
A Castle for the People
Artists, performers and community groups unite for PVDFest grand finale at the Cranston Street Armory
Part of inspiration behind PVDFest is to activate Providence’s public spaces and neighborhoods – and that means all neighborhoods. That’s why after the biggest party of the year happens Downtown on Saturday, June 3, the festival will head west on Sunday, June 4 for a finale party of salsa music, food AND art trucks, and a large-scale pop-up parade / performance led by FirstWorks featured artist Daniel Bernard Roumain. We can’t think of a better way to close out the best weekend of the summer so round up your family, friends (and a blanket or lawn chair) — but first get a preview of the day’s events on the PVDFest blog:
Bocce Build Begins!
After months of planning and collaboration between neighbors and the Providence Parks Department, WBNA is excited to announce that Phase I of Bocce Courts and Chess in the Park will be underway as a special project during the Annual Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 22.
PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
2017 SUMMER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
This is the online application for the 2017 City of Providence Summer Employment Program
Neighborhood Sustainability Engagement
The City of Providence offers a variety of programs and services for residents and community organizations to take action to increase sustainability and resilience in their neighborhoods. For example, residents can request a street tree planting, join a Friends of Park group, or a host, a neighborhood block party. However, accessing these resources often means navigating an opaque, complex process, which. is an impediment to Providence residents .
The Neighborhood Sustainability Engagement Fellow will work with the Office of Sustainability to create a useful guide about relevant City programs to support communitydriven efforts that promote and increase sustainability throughout Providence. Specific tasks will include the following:
- Work with City staff to identify and compile programs and services that support more vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods
- Work closely with community members, activists, and leaders to identify and create the appropriate format(s) for the guide. This could include video, infographics, coloring books, pamphlets, and/or handbooks.
- Creating content for the guide. This will, among other things, likely entail working with Public Works, the Parks Department, Planning, and other City Departments to “map” and clarify the processes and requirements for each program, and to fill gaps where clear standards and procedures do not currently exist.
- Creating material to promote and distribute the final product/s.
This project provides an excellent opportunity to immerse oneself in a wide range of sustainability issues and topics from community engagement, to policy and program development, to tangible energy, waste, and transportation strategies. It will also offer an in-depth perspective and understanding of the intersection of government and community organizing; a critical frontier of creating positive change in a community. In addition, it is a chance to make a lasting and direct contribution to sustainability in Providence—and, since the goal is to develop the guide as a template so other cities could plug in their own programs and replicate the resource, an impact in other local communities as well.
Location: Office of Sustainability, City of Providence
Time commitment: 40 hours per week, June 5-August 18, 2017
Compensation: $6000 stipend
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated ability and comfort in synthesizing complex systems
- Demonstrated excellence in writing; ideally, a portfolio that includes similar types
of work (guides/outreach materials designed to clarify a complicated process to a
- The ability to listen effectively and “lead from behind”
- Experience and comfort working with a broad and diverse array of stakeholders
- Experience in graphic design and multi-media preferred but not required.
- Experience in community organizing and/or local government likewise preferred.
- Local knowledge of and experience working in Providence preferred.
- Academic background in related field/s (e.g. marketing or public relations, policy
or planning, etc).
UNHSI Sustainability program eligibility:
Graduate students, exceptional undergraduate students, and recent graduates are eligible.
We will encourage, but not require, an academic sponsor or reference for each fellow,
and where possible we will ask that course credits are awarded.
Supervision, Training, Mentoring and Evaluation
This fellow will receive supervision from Providence Sustainability Director Leah
Bamberger, as well as mentoring and extensive professional development offerings from
Fellows will be expected to participate in three MANDATORY events:
- A three-day, two-night orientation in Durham, NH, May 31st – June 2nd. Lodging
and food are provided; Fellows are responsible for any associated travel costs.
- Midterm project presentations to UNHSI staff, faculty and relevant project
partners (can be done remotely).
- A summative evaluation and feedback session at the end of their placement
Apply by February 17th at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/sustainability-fellows
Join Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Councilwoman Carmen Castillo for a Neighborhood Conversation in the Park.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Roger Williams Park
at the corner of Miller and Broad St. entrance
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI 02905
For More Information:
401 421-2489 ext.5766
I hope everyone is having a good summer. No news yet on the DEM Open Space grant that the City Parks Department applied for to begin building the park on the former Gorham site. BUT – earlier in the year I told you all about a tree planting grant that Groundwork received to plant 80 trees around Mashapaug Pond.
We already did one planting of 20 trees in the spring at the Community Boathouse next to the pond behind the new Save-A-Lot.
We are gearing up for the second planting of 60 trees this fall – and need your help! We will be planting a large number of trees on the Gorham property itself right at the property line where Crescent Street and Adelaide Avenue meet – building that stand of trees back up, since during the remediation a number of trees had to be taken down.
The City Forester, Doug Still, also gave the green light to plant trees along Adelaide Avenue itself – on both sides of the street (school side and homes side). I will be going door to door on the street next week to check in with residents about these plans – we won’t plant in front of someone’s house if they don’t want us to. It may be that we could also do some planting on the upper part of Crescent St. and Downing St. as well if there is interest.
I’ve heard from some of you – Ana, Diane, Ricardo, and others – that there is interest in more street trees in the neighborhood. If you have any further ideas of locations where trees would be welcome – please let me know!
We will be looking for neighborhood volunteers to help plant the trees in the fall – we are currently looking atSaturday, September 24, 2016 as the date, but that is not yet confirmed. There will be volunteers from TD Bank as well (who provided the funding), and we will be inviting Alvarez high school students and staff to volunteer as well.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns or ideas!
1005 Main Street #1223
Pawtucket, RI 02860