Newport residents are being invited to Take It Outside for a special Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt beginning Monday, February 1st, 2021.

Newport Recreation Staff will be hiding 16 hearts outside and around various City landmarks and parks. Each of the hearts will have a single letter on it and participants will be challenged to find all 16 clues to decipher a Valentine’s Day quote. The clues will remain in place until Sunday, Feb. 14th.

Anyone who correctly identifies the hidden message will be eligible to win a 2021 Easton’s Beach Parking Sticker.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for families to explore the many parks that Newport has to offer,” according to organizer and Recreation Program Supervisor Carol Mureddu in a provided statement.

Families are being encouraged to walk or bike to the various locations and enjoy – even in the cold weather – Newport’s outdoors.

An official registration form, a complete list of rules and a list of clues for the heart locations can all be found at cityofnewport.com/recreation and at facebook.com/cityofnewportrecreation

All entries must be returned to Newport Recreation by no later than Feb. 18th. Entries can be emailed to cjohnson@cityofnewport.com or mailed to 35 Golden Hill St. , Newport. 

All correct entries will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a 2021 Easton’s Beach parking sticker. For more information, please contact Newport Recreation at (401) 845-5800. 

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.