The Newport Open Space Partnership is embarking on a comprehensive open space planning process to create a vision for the long-term sustainability and stewardship of the parks, public open spaces, and trees in Newport.

On January 28, 2016 there will be a citywide public meeting at the Pell School to share progress, plans, photos and survey results.

This effort is a partnership of the City of Newport, the Newport Tree and Open Space Commission, the Aquidneck Land Trust, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, and the Newport Tree Society.

In 1913, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. created an open space plan for Newport, which greatly shaped how Newport developed over the past century.  Many of our beloved green and blue spaces like Miantonomi Park and Almy Pond are the result of Olmsted’s vision. Today, the Newport Open Space Partnership is working to plan for the next century of Newport’s parks, trees and open spaces, and it’s your opportunity to help shape the next era of Newport’s landscapes!

Phase 1 of the master planning process focused on discovering the existing conditions of Newport parks and open spaces, while in Phase 2 they’ve been working to develop ideas for the future. The second community meeting, on Thursday, January 28th at the Pell School, will include an informal open house beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by a presentation beginning at 6:30 pm.

Your input will help sustain and improve Newport’s public outdoor spaces for the next hundred years, and it’s especially vital to participate in this phase to guide the vision and shape which ideas move forward.


  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2016
  • 6:00 pm: Doors Open and Open House Begins
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Presentation and Interactive Discussion
  • More information about upcoming meetings, as well as copies of all meeting materials, will be continue to be available at this website –

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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