Here is the dilemma of River Drive vividly illustrated. Rowers and fishermen park along the side, reducing the width of the road. Using the road as a road conflicts with using the road as a parking space. So you are always balancing the desire to go through the park with the desire to stay in the park. You can see there is no space for a bicycle between the passing cars.
This area has been parked on so many times that nothing can grow on it. The ground is so compacted that it has almost no ability to absorb water and acts like a concrete slab, sluicing unfiltered runoff into the Seekonk. You can see a tree has been abused to make room for parking.
Dealing With Storm-Water Runoff
From Irving Avenue to the Narragansett Boat Club, five of these structures shoot storm water straight from the road right into the Seekonk River. These days, we try to slow down storm-water to avoid land erosion and to allow for it soak into the ground where microbes can work on the toxins. But in the old days, the idea was to get the water off the road as fast as possible. These old-school structures are what we have along the Seekonk shoreline.
You're Invited To Reimagine Your Shoreline
Promoting riverbank restoration on the Seekonk River
The Seekonk Riverbank Restoration Alliance will be hosting a community design workshop to discuss how to improve waterfront access and pedestrian safety and to promote riverbank restoration on the Seekonk River.
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9 am - 4 pm
Lincoln School, 301 Butler Avenue, Providence, RI
Come for a morning or afternoon session - or stay all day!