The Newport Open Space Partnership is embarking on a master plan for the long-term sustainability and stewardship of the trees, parks, and open spaces in Newport.
This will be Newport’s first citywide open space planning effort since Olmsted’s 1913 ‘Proposed Improvements for Newport.’
The core partners are the City of Newport, the Newport Tree & Open Space Commission, the Aquidneck Land Trust and the Newport Tree Society.
From The Newport Open Space Partnership;
Newport’s parks and open spaces are defined by urban, coastal, and historic conditions. Parks, beaches, boulevards and walks intersect with historic sites, community needs, wildlife habitat and sea level rise. How do we plan for the future of our open spaces? How can we balance the needs of our residents and visitors with protection of our shoreline, historic harbor neighborhoods and native wildlife habitat? How can these considerations inform a planning process that guides decision making and benefits all?
This multi-year effort will result in a Master Plan to guide the development of our parks and open spaces as we envision a better future for our city. Once our community’s long-term vision is articulated in a Master Plan, a Management Plan will follow to direct detailed, day-to-day management decisions for all parks and open spaces.
While this planning process will result in very deep civic engagement over the next two years (in the form of public workshops, charrettes and an interactive online presence), we also seek to create the lasting infrastructure, processes and tools necessary for Newport’s Public Services and Civic Investment Departments to remain meaningfully connected with civic groups, park users, and other members of our community into the foreseeable future. Improved engagement processes will encourage greater public participation in planning and stewardship activities, helping our open spaces to flourish and contributing to the greater well-being of our city and its inhabitants and visitors well beyond the life of any one Master Plan.
We hope this comprehensive planning effort will demonstrate Newport’s commitment to open space planning and development that is forward-thinking, historically sensitive, environmentally aware, economically sound…and based on a foundation of shared goals, wide community involvement, and pragmatic and civil consensus-building.