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On Protecting Canonchet #1
The Master Plan

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Appropriate Uses

On Protecting Canonchet #3
Management of the Park

On Protecting Canonchet #4
Finance Issues


Cleanup at Lake Canonchet
September 10, 2011

Charlie Lee Remembrance
February 6, 2011

Canonchet History
Who was Canonchet?
by Richard Vangermeersch

Canonchet Farm Master Plan
Town Council Holds Workshop on Planning Board Report

Our Response
October 21, 2010

Our Vision and Recommendations for Canonchet Farm
April 2009

Guided Walks Fall 2010

Beech Grove Cleanup Complete
Cleanup - Day 4
October 31, 2009

Beech Grove
Cleanup - Day 2
October 9, 2009

Tom Wessels
Guided Walk
October 10, 2009

Other Links

Narrow River Preservation Association

South County Museum

On Pettaquamscutt 2017

Narragansett Chamber of Commerce


Summer Newsletter 2017


Volunteers continued to remove invasive plants from the shores of Lake Canonchet this summer opening a view of rose mallow blooming along the shore of its island. Beginning the first Saturday in October, we will return to improving the trail.

APRIL: The Town Council approved having URI students in a landscape architecture class create conceptual plans for a linear park along the eastern shore of Little Neck Pond and Lake Canonchet. Five were selected and have been shown to Parks and Recreation Director Steve Wright, Town Manager Jim Manni, Town Council members, and the Planning Board for their input. We now have permission from the Town Council to hire a professional landscape architect at our expense to prepare the final design.

MORE THANKS TO URI STUDENTS: In the past URI students developed our first web site, created the flyer for the Geology Trail, and provided volunteers for Habitat Restoration and trail work. This fall more than 40 young women on the URI rowing team will spend four hours improving the eastern end of the trail bed. Last fall they worked on the western end.

JUNE: RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION AWARDED THE FRIENDS OF CANONCHET FARM A $6,000 GRANT to create two educational signs along the trail at Canonchet Farm. As reported in the Independent, Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the foundation said, "We're all about community and building community and that’s what these grants are about."



Join Friends of Canonchet Farm volunteers as they close Habitat Restoration for this year.
1. See how well our 2-year-old plants are doing.
2. Hear how this project is in preparation for creating a linear park.
3. Join us for Tool Time.
4. Select what you would like to see in the new park.
Lake Canonchet is located on Route 1A directly across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.

10:00-11:00 AM: TOOL TIME at Lake Canonchet - Are your garden tool old and dull? Do you wonder whether there may be a better tool for the gardening job? Two experts, Mary Mason and Pat Davis, will demonstrate how to sharpen tools and make suggestions for the best tool to use.

11:00 TO 2:00 PM: Brickley’s Ice Cream comes to Lake Canonchet: View five of the conceptual plans for the linear park at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond created by a URI landscape architecture class, tell us what you like and enjoy a free scoop of Brickleys Ice Cream.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1-3 PM: Fall comes to Canonchet Farm through the eyes of Tom Fortier who will lead a walk starting in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion. Whether it is the reflected color of leaves at Little Neck Pond or the golden grasses of the marsh on the edge of Pettaquamscutt Cove, we are sure you will agree that you have to go no further to enjoy fall vistas. Tom is a poet and a naturalist who will bring a special way of seeing as he walks with us.

NOVEMBER 19, 1 to 3 PM, MAURY LOONTJENS MEMORIAL LIBRARY: Archeaologist Jay Waller presents Salt Pond Preserve Update with new information about this archaeological site in Narragansett. He will explain to us why it is important and what it tells us about the Native American use of the natural resources at Canonchet Farm. This presentation is cosponsored by the Friends of Canonchet Farm and Narragansett Historical Society. The library is located at 15 Kingstown Road, Narragansett.

NOVEMBER 26, 1 to 3 PM: "Just a walk with My Friends" led by Friends of Canonchet Farm President, Kathie Kelleher, an opportunity to recharge our batteries at a hectic time of year. Bring a friend, make a friend, and enjoy the serenity of this special place. We will walk to all the special places that I would like to share with you. Please meet in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot on Route 1A directly across from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.


September 16: Habitat Restoration on the shores of Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond, 9 AM to 1 PM, across from Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion.

October 7: First Saturday of fall trail work. Meet at the FOCF trailer at 9 AM, South County Museum. Trail work is held every Saturday except when the temperature is below freezing or it is inclement.


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