Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) and the City of Newport, as part of the Newport Open Space Partnership, announce new summer hours for the historic tower in Miantonomi Park. The tower will be open and free to the public every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., beginning June 17 and ending September 2. The park features walking trails, wildlife and several historic sites.

“A visit to this historic tower is a fun, free activity for Islanders and visitors alike,” said Chuck Allott, Executive Director at ALT in a press release on Thursday. “Over 1200 people enjoyed the fantastic view from the top last summer and we hope even more will do so this year. Our great thanks to the 1772 Foundation for underwriting the cost to open Miantonomi Tower to the public.”

Scott Wheeler, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor/Tree Warden for the City of Newport, added in the release, “We invite everyone to explore Newport’s largest park and discover the beauty of this nearly 30- acre property.” Established as a World War I memorial park, Miantonomi Park includes Miantonomi Hill, the highest point in Newport. The Hill, once the seat of power for the Narragansett Indians, has housed colonial beacons, revolutionary war fortifications, and finally, a 1929 memorial tower designed by Meade, McKim and White. It was conserved by ALT in 2005.

The Newport Open Space Partnership includes the City of Newport, Newport Tree and Open Space Commission, Aquidneck Land Trust, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, and Newport Tree Society. It seeks to implement the principles of the Open Space Master Plan of February 2017. The Plan was funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust, RI Foundation, and Prince Charitable Trusts.

For more information, visit www.ailt.org.

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