By ARDEN BASTIA The Pawtuxet Village Association is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of Pawtuxet Park. According to Roy Evans, member of the association's board, the Pawtuxet Village Association (PVA) is
The Pawtuxet Village Association is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of Pawtuxet Park.
According to Roy Evans, member of the association’s board, the Pawtuxet Village Association (PVA) is concerned with maintenance of the park, particularly with climate change and rising sea levels, tree pruning, storm water runoff, the playground area, and overall maintenance of flowerbeds and gardens.
“We’re working with the city and we jointly agreed that an open meeting for local folks to voice their wishes and concerns would be best,” he said in an interview on Tuesday. “We can hear from city planners about their vision and ideas for the park.”
Evans emphasized that no decisions have to be made during the meeting, but instead will be “an exchange of information, opinions, thoughts, and wishes.”
Evans mentioned that residents near the park have expressed concerns about branches hanging over Narragansett Parkway, and rising water levels. “We’ve heard a lot of questions like why can’t we have a playground like Salter Grove?”
Members from Warwick’s planning department and the parks and recreation department will be there to present plans and answer questions.
“From there, we’ll develop a to-do list and time frame to keep people informed,” said Evans.
Attendees to the meeting are encouraged to bring a chair. The PVA will provide the water and pizza.
Both Evans and the PVA want more people to use the park.
“It’s busy during Gaspee Days, and it will be fore the arts and crafts festival in the fall,” said Evans. “Boy Scouts made picnic tables that people use everyday. We want more people to use the park, that’s why it’s important to talk about what the park needs to be.”
Evans also pointed out that the PVA isn’t the only association trying to preserve a local park.
“The City of Warwick has a lot of different properties and constituents that think their park is the best and deserves the money. We’re competing for the attention and the funds from the city,” said Evans, who is looking forward to the community meeting.