2016-01-21 / News Briefs

Creating a Vision for Newport’s Open Spaces

Mountain biking at Miantonomi Park (Photo by Mark Chesterton, Bike Newport) Mountain biking at Miantonomi Park (Photo by Mark Chesterton, Bike Newport) Newport Plays. Newport Bikes. Newport Surfs. Newport Walks. What do you want to do in Newport? Every resident of Newport is impacted by the Open Space Master Plan. Everyone enjoys the city’s parks, public space, streets, beaches, and scenic walks. This is the environment, both natural and man-made, that creates a healthy, vibrant city. Over 160 participants gathered at the Pell School in September to launch the first citywide open space planning effort since the early 1900’s. This ongoing effort, led by the Newport Open Space Partnership, gives Newporters the opportunity to help create a vision of parks and open space for the next century.

The second community meeting, Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Pell School, will focus on ideas and options. The agenda for the night is an open house from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by a Presentation and Interactive Discussion from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The presentation details opportunities to enhance waterfront access, improve walking and bicycling connectivity, and enrich existing parks. Input from the first community open house in September and results of the online survey, completed by over 500 park users, will also be reviewed. A key finding of the Phase 1 existing conditions assessment was a lack of open space and active recreation amenities exists in the North End. Participation is important to ensure the community guides the vision and defines priorities for the plan. All ages and opinions are welcome.

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