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Coming Soon…

The Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association has been awarded a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grant for Historic Properties. This grant, administered by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC), is funded by the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.


Important components of this new project include the following:

• Replanting the entire 49,000 square foot lawn with a drought tolerant seed. The lawn will be repaired in areas where depressions in the park surface currently contribute to erosion of the banks.

• Additional erosion control vegetation will be planted to replace plants lost during the storm. These plants, to be installed at the top of the riprap, will help stabilize the park surface in the event of a future storm surge.


• During the restoration of the lawn the park will be closed until the grass is established enough for public use. Thank you for your anticipated patience as we attempt to make another important improvement to this historically and environmentally important property.



We are very thankful for this new grant, and look forward to coming together as a community to repair Stillhouse Cove.

See pictures of Stillhouse Cove during Hurricane Sandy and the 2013 restoration.


Stillhouse Cove During Hurricane Sandy

During the fall of 2013, more than 10 feet of eroded shoreline was reconstructed with assistance from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Technical assistance for the 2013 post-Sandy project was provided by both the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and Save the Bay (STB).



Annual Cove Clean-Up: April 12, 2014, 10am – noon

The annual Stillhouse Cove Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th, from 10am to noon.

As always, we have to coordinate the cleanp-up with the low tide, but we are doing it a little early this year so that we can get a chance to clean up the site before all the recently planted warm-season grasses start to emerge from the ground.

We are also partnering with Save The Bay on this project, and have a few specific tasks planned:

  • Cut phragmite stalks.
  • Clean the creeks of vegetation to ensure that water flows in and out of the marsh. This is important for controlling the fresh water invasive vegetation like phragmite.
  • Clean the riprap of debris and weeds.
  • Clean both beach areas.
  • Clear Strathmore Place path of weeds.

If it rains, May 10th, 10am to noon, is our alternate date. If the weather looks sketchy, check back here on the morning of April 12th, and we’ll post an announcement if the date has been changed.

Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves, and be prepared to do a variety of jobs. Bring a shovel if you have one that you don’t mind getting muddy. School groups should pre-register or contact Barbara Rubine at 401-529-6643, or email at

We look forward to everyone’s support.

Bank Restoration Progress

As the ground freezes deeper and deeper, take a look back at these pictures from October showing the great progress made with re-vegetating the slopes in Stillhouse Cove between the marsh and the park.

Not only will these plants help prevent more serious continued erosion, but the park will look nicer with an array of native plants.


Narragansett Boulevard Traffic Calming Meeting This Wednesday

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has scheduled the public meeting on the Narragansett Boulevard traffic calming plan for Wednesday July 24 at 6 PM at Cranston City Hall in the City Council chambers. The meeting will include the engineering firm hired to design the project and is open to the public.

Note: the meeting is not yet confirmed on the Cranston City Calendar; stay tuned for details.

Edgewood Water Quality Meeting: Monday, June 10

Senator Joshua Miller and Providence Water Company officials will be hosting a meeting at the Rhode Island Yacht Club on Monday, June 10th, 2013, to address chronic water quality issues in the Edgewood community.

The meeting begins at 6pm. Please park on Ocean Avenue, and proceed around to the rear of the Clubhouse to the northerly staircase (the central foyer will be inaccessible at this time).

Upstairs, go along the North wall and enter through the Members’ Room. Go through the Members’ Room to the larger Commodore Room for the meeting. Feel free to stop in to the bar to buy a drink as well!

Bank Stabilization and Revegetation

Here’s a glimpse into what we’re trying to do to save the banks from eroding even more.

First, an analysis of the most severely eroded areas:

Stillhouse Cove erosion

Next, plans drawn up by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service showing us how to best restore the park:

NRCS Plans April_12_2013

Erosion on the Banks

Over six months later, the banks of Stillhouse Cove continue to suffer from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

A few more shots…

Thank you, cleanup volunteers!

A big thank you goes out to everyone who came down to help us get the cove back in shape for another year.

Here are a few pictures of our helpers hard at work:

Low tide

Cove Cleanup Scheduled For April 20, 2013

Mark your calendars, the 20th Annual Stillhouse Cove Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, April 20th, from 10am to 1pm (rain date: May 4th, 10am to 1pm). We always have to work around the tides and these Saturdays are our only options.

Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves, and be prepared to do a variety of jobs: pick up trash that washed in from Hurricane Sandy and the Blizzard of 2013; remove invasive vegetation; and possibly help plant plugs of switchgrass if the site preparation is complete at that time. Also, we need people to bring shovels to help clear the ditches of debris. We will provide water, sunscreen, and basic first aid.

School groups should pre-register or contact Barbara Rubine at 401-529-6643, or email at

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