Nature Put to Work in Olneyville Park

The tours are a half-mile loop around Riverside Park in Providence. (WRWC)

The tours are a half-mile loop around Riverside Park in Providence. (WRWC)

By ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council and the Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition are hosting upcoming tours of how nature can make neighborhoods healthier. Participants will see five examples of “Nature at Work” at Riverside Park in Olneyville, including two green roofs, a community garden and a bioswale.

The tours are a half-mile loop around the neighborhood to see ways nature is working at homes, a school, and in a vacant lot. All tours begin and end at Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo St.

Here is the tour schedule: Nov. 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Nov. 17 from 9-10 a.m.; and Nov. 18 from 10-11 a.m.. All tours will be in both English and Spanish. The tours are free and no reservations are necessary.

“Nature at Work” is a statewide campaign to use plants and soils to clean dirty stormwater before it enters local rivers, ponds and Narragansett Bay. But these structures also accomplish more: protect communities by absorbing rain and reducing flooding; cool urban areas in the summer by replacing impervious, hot surfaces; increase wellness by cleaning the air; provide habitat for wildlife.