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.