In February 2016, the Newport Health Equity Zone hosted the Envision Newport Lab at the Florence Gray Center Gymnasium in Newport, RI. That event served as the planning and input phase for community-based projects that the community felt were important.  Over the last two years, many of these plans have become reality or are on their way to becoming reality.   On Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm we invite you to come together again as a group or to join us if you missed it in 2016.   We will review all that has been done, get updates and reports on what is in the works, and once again add our voices to how our community will become.  Refreshments will be served, and raffles will be taking place.

Important partners will also be there to hear from you:

  • Bike Newport wants to hear your ideas on bike programs and getting more access to bikes for community members;
  • The Newport Open Space Partnership wants to share the activation of the master plan, where action has happened and what is planned;
  • The Sidewalk Parade and Tree Path projects have exciting updates;
  • And Sankofa Community Connection wants to talk about the North Side neighborhood.

Refreshments and raffles will be offered.    Children are welcome and if translation or transportation are needed just give us a call at 401-236-8344.

If you plan on coming you can register for free at

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).