Monday, August 3, 2009

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 12 at 1 pm at Thomas Park

Walter Burke, Parks and Recreation Director Press Release
⎯ On behalf of the Town of Bristol, Town Administrator; Diane Mederos, and Bristol Department of Parks and Recreation, we are cordially inviting all Bristol residents to the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Restoration of Thomas Park; dedication of Mrs. Perry’s Garden, and the Restoration of Silver Creek.

This event will be held on Wednesday, August 12th at 1:00pm at the entrance of Thomas Park, the honor of your presence is requested. In case of inclement weather, we have scheduled an alternate date of Thursday, August 13th at the same time.

Spurred by grassroots efforts by citizens of Bristol to “Save Silver Creek” the town acquired an historic piece of property on the north boarder of Silver Creek; truly the Gateway to Bristol. Over the past several years the Bristol department of Parks and Recreation and the department of Community Development have worked with many people to create a beautiful natural park with scenic pathways and a peaceful overlook of Silver Creek. We are restoring the natural habitat for salt marsh birds and wildlife. We are creating an outdoor educational center where children can visit with families and classrooms and learn about how important it is to protect out natural resources. This event will recognize and appreciate the many State and local officials, RI DEM, DOT, NRCS, Save the Bay, CRMC, Save Bristol Harbor, The Bristol Garden Club, The Bayberry Club, the Boy Scouts of America and many local citizens who have united to turn an overgrown blighted field into a pristine Passive and Historic Park including the beautiful addition of “Mrs. Perry’s Garden”. We will also recognize the beginnings of the “Restoration of Silver Creek”. Through many partnerships we will continue to restore the natural environment of this magnificent salt marsh. Please come and join the Bristol Garden Club and The Bayberry Garden Club as they put on a traditional garden party.
Contact: Walter Burke, Parks and Recreation Director 253 1611

2 comments:

denise said...

I will be delighted to attend this event, in celebration of the many organizations who came together to make it possible!
Thanks to the efforts of Samantha Faria (Bristol Pride Coordinator) and Gary Watross of the Garden Club, students of Guiteras School worked alongside Save Bristol Harbor, Garden Club members and parents to weed/dig a space and plant the flowers which now grace the Childrens Garden. It was my good fortune to work among those enthusiastic young children as they participated in the project. No doubt the impact of this garden will continue to impact children and the community in a positive way for many years. Thanks to all who conceived of, funded and brought this project to fruition for our lucky townspeople!
Denise Arsenault

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Mosaico CDC. They were very instrumental in the coordination of all these groups - especially the connection of kids to garden club people at Silver Creek garden.