State and local officials joined Sail Newport on Monday afternoon for a Groundbreaking Ceremony that will launch the construction of the new Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, RI DEM Director Janet Coit, Representative Marvin Abney, Representative Lauren Carson, Newport City Councilor Marco Camacho and Former Governor Lincoln Chafee were among the dignitaries that were on hand to help Sail Newport’s founders and Board of Directors break ground on the new waterside public access facility.


The new building will be LEED-compliant, environmentally sustainable and will be powered by renewable energy. The new building will include fifty or more solar panels, energy-efficient fixtures and systems, and eco-friendly and recycled materials, both on the interior and the exterior of the building.  In addition, a rain harvesting system will be installed to service water needs such as boat washing, landscape irrigation and flushing in the public restrooms.

Sail Newport launched the $10 million Campaign For Blue Space, a fundraising effort to expand public access sailing programs, broaden its marine education programming and build the new Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center on the waterfront at Fort Adams State Park, back on July 7th.

Sail Newport recently announced that 11th Hour Racing awarded a grant of $1 million to its fundraising Campaign for Blue Space. The funds will be used for the new facility and the expansion of marine educational programming. 
For further information on this project, visit Campaign For Blue Space.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).