Fox Point Neighbors Roll up Their Sleeves
FPNA has made a tradition of celebrating Earth Day with fanfare. This year was no exception as we hosted two cleanup events in late April and facilitated a third effort earlier in the month.
On Friday of Earth Day weekend, FPNA, Narragansett Beer, and the Clean Earth Project co-hosted a large cleanup of India Point Park. “We made a substantial dent in shoreline beautification of the lower park,” recalled FPNA President Nick Cicchitelli. Over 100 people came out to pick up litter, ultimately collecting 315 pounds of trash. “Everyone was super excited,” added Brooke Cure of Narragansett Beer. “They stuck around afterwards to have a [free] beer and lunch.”
The following day, FPNA hosted a smaller tree-trimming event on the nearby bike path at Bessie Way and George M. Cohan Boulevard, where branches had grown so far into the path that cyclists were swerving to avoid getting hit. And earlier in the month, City Forester Doug Still and the City’s Forestry Division pruned long-overgrown limbs of two ornamental trees in front of the school library at Vartan Gregorian Elementary, per the request of FPNA. “What a difference!” commented FPNA Vice President Daisy Schnepel about the results. “We so appreciate the contribution [of the Forestry Division] to the neighborhood.” The library, former home of the Fox Point Bathhouse, is a cherished architectural and historical structure for Fox Point residents—as is the annual tradition of keeping the local landscape pruned and clear of trash.
Image, Brooke Cure of Narragansett Beer