Thursday, April 25, 2013
Newport City Council accepted a grant that would cover 80 percent of construction costs
Hurricane Sandy repairs are not the only construction you may notice at the Cliff Walk this summer. In a vote of 6-1, with Councilor Kate Leonard opposed, Newport City Council accepted a RIDEM Recreational Trails Grant Award that will provide 80 percent of construction costs, up to $100,000 for new restroom facilities. Leonard expressed concern with the unknowns about operating and maintenance costs of the facilities. “My water bill is huge,” said Leonard. “I can’t imagine flushing toilets for everyone walking down Cliff Walk.” The city applied for the grant to supplement a 2012 State Senate award that provided funds for the development and construction to replace the existing portable restrooms at Cliff Walk. Under the agreement, the…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Walk remains closed from Ruggles Avenue to Ledge Road until further notice
Monday, April 22
The following statement was provided by the cliff walk commission Thanks to the support of the Daffodil Project, over 25,000 new daffodils began blooming this week along the world famous Cliff Walk between Memorial Blvd., the entrance to the walk, and Ruggles Avenue, adjacent to the Breakers mansion. This is the 9th year of the Newport Daffodil Projects campaign to beautify Newport by creating large naturalized meadows of yellow daffodils. The Daffodil Project is a partnership of community volunteers, the City of Newport, the Newport Preservation Society, Salve Regina University, the Newport Restoration Foundation and Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The plantings are made possible through the generous support of Ron Fleming. Due…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Newport City Council passed a resolution Wednesday that supports the local surfing community's position that a project to repair the Cliff Walk should be made with minimal disruption to the waters.
Newport City Council swiftly and unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday “urging CRMC to ensure that the Ruggles Ave. surf break remains uninterrupted and the reef habitat is not harmed during or after repairs to the Cliff Walk." The Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed they build temporary causeways to make repairs caused by Hurricane Sandy, which surfers and coastal experts are concerned may bring unintentional consequences. “Although the causeways are labeled as temporary, we are concerned about impacts,” said Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) spokeswoman Laura Dwyer on Tuesday. CRMC staff continues to have concerns with the DOT project as proposed, and has suggested to DOT that the plans be revised, said Dwyer. …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Advocates plan to speak up to Newport City Council tonight regarding a controversial proposal to repair a 2.7 mile section of the Cliff Walk, that was damaged by Tropical Storm Sandy last Fall.
Tonight advocates will express their concerns to the Newport City Council regarding a proposal by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to repair damages made by Tropical Storm Sandy to the Cliff Walk. Although the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has concerns about the proposal, they are still in their review process, said CRMC spokeswoman Laura Dwyer on Tuesday. No decisions have been made to grant or deny the DOT a permit. A controversial component of the proposal is the construction of temporary causeways, that would be built to provide access to the work site. “Although the causeways are labeled as temporary, we are concerned about impacts,” explained Dwyer. Additionally, local surfers have spoken up against the …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The Cliff Walk commission announced the section of the walk damaged by Tropical Storm Sandy is closed until further notice on Friday. The commission said the decision to post the announcement is unrelated to the recent controversy
The timing of Friday's announcement that the south-end of Cliff Walk was closed, is unrelated to the recent controversy around a proposal to fix the walk, said Bob Power, Chair of the Cliff Walk Commission. The announcement stated the walk is shut down from Ruggles Avenue to the end of the walk at Bailey’s Beach, citing damage from Tropical Storm Sandy. "[The webmaster] just hadn't gotten around to it," said Power. A proposal submitted by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to repair the damages has been met with strong opposition by local surfers. In order for the contractor to access the work site, temporary causeways would be constructed, said Charles St. Martin, a DOT spokesman. One of the concerns is those …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A grant will allow permanent restroom facilities at the Narragansett Avenue/Forty Steps location.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A $175,000 grant through the Department of Environmental Management has been included in the state budget through the advocacy of President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D – Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown). The grant will be used to install permanent restroom facilities at the Narragansett Avenue/Forty Steps location. The Cliff Walk Commission will be reviewing alternative plans with the City of Newport but they will be high-strength, vandal-resistant facilities, A.D.A. accessible, easily cleaned, and conform with the character and nearby architecture of the area. “The Cliff Walk is an historic national treasure which attracts visitors from across the globe,” said Senate President Paiva Weed. “Adding these accommodations will make …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Get a glimpse of daily life around Newport thanks to a picture taken by a local resident.
Do you like to take pictures? Have you recently captured a shot of something neat in town? Send us your favorite shot from around Newport and it could become our Photo of the Day! E-mail photos and a few sentences with information including when the photo was taken, where it was taken and who is in it, to firstname.lastname@example.org or text them to (401) 440-9827.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Who won this week's poll?
The results are in and the Newport Mansions have won this week’s poll for best staycation around town. The Norman Bird Sanctuary came in second. The mansions received 25 percent of the votes, while the Norman Bird Sanctuary received twenty percent. Several people also noted the Cliff Walk in the comments as their favorite nearby getaway. Check back Monday for next week's poll, the best package store/liquor store.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Who won the weekly poll?
The results are in and King Park has won this week’s poll for best park in Newport. Brenton Point and the Cliff Walk tied for second. King Park received 16 percent of the votes, while Brenton Point and the Cliff Walk received 12 percent. “Besides the great natural attractions the park also has some benches, picnic tables, a baseball field, and a bandstand and rotunda. Also a little beach, free boat ramp and wonder of wonders, clean public bathrooms . . .” Brian S. said in a Yelp review of the park. Braga Park also received a shout-out in the comments. Check back Monday for next week's poll, the Best Place to Find an Easter Outfit.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Tell us your favorite park in Newport.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
As the weather gets warmer and the daylight hours extend, it's tempting to want to spend most of your time outdoors. Because really, what's nicer than a picnic or frisbee toss at one of our many local parks, or an afternoon with the kids at one of our playgrounds? With the official start of spring on Tuesday, we want to know: what's your favorite outdoor space in Newport? Is it Fort Adams State Park, King Park, Aquidneck Park, Touro Park, Trinity Park, Ballard Park, Brenton Point, the Cliff Walk, Morton Park, Storer Park, Eisenhower Park, Perotti Park, Freebody Park, Memorial Park, Easton's Beach or Rovensky Park? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below. If we left your favorite park or playground off the …