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NIMFEST returns to King Park

Today, Greenlove Foundation members will join Friends of the Waterfront (FOW) and Friends of King Park, the City of Newport and other environmentally active groups at King’s Park from 9:30-1:30. One of the many missions of the foundation, is to encourage people to use a refillable water bottle to reduce and eliminate plastic single-bottle usage that is polluting landfills and waterways. The Greenlove Foundation donated a water bottle filling station(WBFS) that has been installed at the park for Newport residents and visitors to use while enjoying the recreational area with fantastic views of the harbor. The station has been equipped with a dog water bowl that has been generously donated by FOW in support of the foundation.

At noontime, a dedication ceremony will be held for the new WBFS at King’s Park. To date, the Greenlove Foundation has donated 13 water bottle filling stations. Most of the installations have been in Rhode Island schools. The other water bottle filling stations have been installed at The Norman Bird Sanctuary, Perrotti Park, Fort Adams, and the South Carolina Aquarium.

An environmental green theme, family-friendly event, filled with fun activities for kids and adults (face painting, yoga), a “Stroll through the Park”, a concert by Lois Vaughan Jazz Quintet, a dog parade.

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Schedule Of Events

9:30 am: A chat on the King Park rain garden given by URI Master Gardener Johanna Vietry will focus on the garden layout, plant selections, and how to harvest the rainwater from the roof for watering using the downspout.Master Gardeners from the University of Rhode Island will be answering your gardening questions,and along with the King Park neighborhood volunteers handing out free seeds and free pollinator plants donated by the Master Gardeners program to participants.

10:00 am: Lauren Carson of RI Green Infrastructure Coalition will be onsite to offer a free rain barrel demonstration and giveaway.The free rain barrels are made available by the generous support of the van Beuren Foundation,and the King Park rain barrel,which will capture the rainwater from the park’s restroom roof,was painted by Roger’s High School students.

10:00 am-Noon: Keeping with the environmental green theme,kids attending can have their faces painted by art teacher Jeannine Bestoso.The face painting will focus on pollinators like birds and butterflies.

10:30 am: Mary-Gail Smith of the Alliance Française will be speaking on “Saving Rochambeau”

11:00 am: Tanya Kelley, Principal of Place Studio Landscape Design and Project Manager of the City’s Open Space Plan, will conduct a “Stroll through the Park”to discuss the park’s cultural history and the challenges currently facing the park and harbor due to climate change and sea level rise.

11:00 am: Rachael Whitworth will lead a yoga class on the lawn

11:45 am A dog parade is scheduled along the Harbor Walk just prior to the dedication, so bring your canine pal (must be on leash).

At noontime: Katherine Bowers and the Greenlove Foundation will dedicate the new park water server. The water station is complete with a dog watering bowl that was donated in support of the Greenlove Foundation by Friends of the Waterfront.

Following the water filling station dedication, a new free King Park Waterfront Concert Series sponsored by the Isham Family Fun kicks off with the Lois Vaughan Jazz Quintet at the gazebo (lawn seating so please bring a chair or blanket).

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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