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The Newport Tree and Open Space Commission will be holding a special workshop in the Program Room of the Newport City Library on Thursday, May 19 from 4:30 pm to 7 p.m. to hear from residents about how to improve the use and enjoyment of the City’s open space network.

The City’s park system comprises over 30 areas defined as parks or open space. These valuable public assets provide free and varied ways for residents and visitors to enjoy the natural environment. The Newport Tree, Park and Open Space Master Plan was adopted in 2017 with public input and provides a framework for managing these features of the natural environment.

Last month, the City Council passed a resolution requesting that the Newport Tree and Open Space Commission “hold a workshop with the public to discuss providing a safe environment for all City parks to eliminate or control unsafe behavior and report back to the Council by the beginning of June.”

The May 19th workshop will focus on ensuring that parks are safe and enjoyable sites for all.

Trees, parks, open spaces, view corridors, and broad vistas make a powerful contribution to the quality of life for Newport residents, and the appeal of Newport to its visitors.

As always all are welcome to attend and to share their ideas and concerns.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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

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