2014-08-14 / Opinion

Cliff Walk Is Better Than Ever

To the Editor:

On behalf of Newport’s Cliff Walk Commission, we would like to express our appreciation to our city, state and federal officials, Riccio Construction and especially the Road Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) for the outstanding job in restoring Newport’s historic Cliff Walk to a state even better than its “former glory.”

Hurricane Sandy was certainly not kind to the walk; but from RIDOT’s first exploration and analyses of the significant damage which occurred nearly 21 months ago, through exhaustive planning and approval stages, and finally to the walk’s full restoration and opening last week, RIDOT has been a stalwart partner with our commission.

We would also like to express our appreciation to the Cliff Walk neighbors and abutters who patiently endured the challenges and inconveniences resulting from the extensive repair work.

And (finally) relief is now on the way as city crews are finishing up the new restrooms at 40 Steps and Narragansett Avenue.

In order to help fund future improvements to the walk, including a Trail Marker Program in partnership with the Newport Historical Society, a “Citizens for Cliff Walk” Fund has been established. Contributions can be made to this restricted fund with a check to:

Cliff Walk Trail Gift, City of Newport, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840.

As Rhode Island’s most visited tourist attraction, all of us can be justifiably proud of this 3.5-mile treasure in our back yard – unique in that it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. Let’s continue to treat it as our own, obeying the posted safe and sane regulations and warmly greeting the hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world.

Today, the Cliff Walk is better than ever, thanks to the efforts of so many.

Robert Power Chairman, Cliff Walk Commission

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