City Of Newport

The City of Newport Public Services Department, Buildings & Grounds Division has announced the launch of the Newport Parks and Open Spaces app, now ready for download on your iOS and Android device.

The app allows users to take their park and historical cemetery discovery experience on the go, complete with photos, an interactive map, and the ability to filter results by parks nearby and by specific amenities.

For a family looking for the perfect park to hold a picnic, to an avid historian on a quest to track down iconic gravestones, the Parks and Open Spaces app is a resource that allows residents and tourists alike the opportunity to explore Newport in a new and exciting way.

Due to the app’s embedded geo-locating services, an interactive map provides the user with exact coordinates to the nearest parks or cemeteries of their choosing. Through the filtering feature, the app user can further hone in on the particular amenities each park offers its patrons. Once the user finds the park(s) of their choice, a unique picture and description gives a quick glimpse into what can be found there.

In addition to the new app the Building and Grounds Division has enhanced their website presence at  This new web presence will let visitors explore detailed information on parks and open space, historic cemeteries, programs and events.

An upcoming event listed on the website is Miantonomi Park Exploration Days.  On Sundays throughout the month of September, and with the assistance of Aquidneck Land Trust, Bike Newport and the City of Newport, the Miantonomi Tower in the park will be open from 10am to 1 pm allowing visitors to climb to the highest point on Aquidneck Island.  Beyond enjoying the spectacular view from the tower visitors will get a chance to explore the trails, wildlife and historic sites in Newport’s largest park.

“We are excited that people will now be able to discover and find out new things about Newport’s parks and open spaces and think Miantonomi Parks Exploration Days will be a great opportunity to do that,” said Scott Wheeler, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor/Tree Warden.

To learn more about the Parks and Open Spaces app and learn about all the programs associated with the Buildings & Grounds Division of the Public Services Department, go to:

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