Tourism Council wins $10,000 grant from Heritage Harbor Foundation

Tourism Council wins $10,000 grant from Heritage Harbor Foundation

PAWTUCKET – The Heritage Harbor Foundation gave a significant lift to the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council’s efforts to establish an education center with a recent $10,000 grant.

The Blackstone River Exploration Center is planned for the former American Supply Co. building at the Central Falls Landing off Broad Street, near Cumberland Town Hall, where the council launches the Explorer, a vessel that is used in part as a floating classroom. The council plans to move its office to that location, too, in the near future.

“The Heritage Harbor Foundation is enthusiastically issuing a grant to the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council to assist with its mission of growing sustainable tourism,” said Patrick T. Conley, president of the East Providence-based foundation.

“A classroom that is appropriately outfitted with adaptive equipment and interactive technology will allow all people to discover and appreciate the history of the Blackstone Valley,” he continued. “That will spark more conversations about the fascinating past of the region and naturally increase people’s interest in the Blackstone Valley regardless of where they live.”

“At the Heritage Harbor Foundation, we love the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council for its strong and continued commitment to move toward the goal of teaching our state’s schoolchildren the proud history of the Blackstone Valley,” said Albert Beauparlant, who is on the foundation’s board of directors.

Beauparlant presented the grant at a recent meeting of the board of directors for the Tourism Council. David Balfour, board chairman, thanked Beauparlant on behalf of all the directors, and Robert Billington, president of Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, said the grant is a great way for the council to start its campaign to raise the $50,000 needed to open the center.