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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Aquidneck Land Trust's
3rd Annual Race For Open Space:


Saturday, November 6, 2010
The Glen (Polo Fields), Portsmouth, RI
Registration: 9 am - 10:15 am
Race Starts: 10:30 am

Run or Walk the Sakonnet Greenway Trail to help ALT build the next and final segment of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail.

Prizes for Runners!
Every registered entrant receives a gift!!

Runners’ & Walkers’ Entry Fees:
Pre-Registration: - $10 (Ages 19 & under) - $20 (ages 20 & above) - $50 (family*)
Race Day Registration: - $15 (Ages 19 & under) - $25 (ages 20 & above)  - $60 (family*)
*Family fee for up to 4 members living in the same household.
**No strollers or dogs in the running race

Register Online by clicking HERE!! or
Contact Courtney Huth at 401.849.2799 x 19 or at

The Aquidneck Land Trust would like to thank the following current sponsors for generously supporting the race:

Bank Newport
The Newpot Prescription Center
Corrigan Financial
DaPonte Landscaping
Newport Harbor Corp
The Pennfield School
Tenth Gate Yoga




King Park and Spencer Park to Be Conserved as Part of ALT's Newport Conservation Initiative

Last night, the City of Newport and the Aquidneck Land Trust ("ALT") signed a Purchase and Sale Contract under which ALT will purchase a perpetual Conservation Easement on the 6.70 +/- acre City-owned King Park and another perpetual Conservation Easement on the 2.44 +/- acre City-owned Spencer Park for $50,000 in the coming weeks as part of ALT's Newport Conservation Initiative.

ALT's Newport Conservation Initiative is a two pronged conservation strategy.  The urban parks part of this initiative is focused on conserving the important existing and inadequately protected parks in the City of Newport with perpetual Conservation Easements.  This will be coupled with the creation and conservation of new parks in the City by turning vacant lots into "pocket parks."  The landscapes and estates part of this initiative is focused on conserving the important lands of the City's world renowned estates especially in the Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive areas.  Through this initiative, ALT and its partners hope to strategically limit the "development infilling" of the City and conserve the critical natural resources that distinguish Newport and directly contribute to the quality of life on Aquidneck Island.

Nationally and locally, the pressures on remaining municipal parks have been growing and many such parks that lacked adequate conservation restrictions have been lost to development and other uses.  Recognizing this threat and the importance of municipal parks, especially in urban environments like Newport, the City and ALT have placed perpetual Conservation Easements on a number of important Newport owned parks such as Miantonomi Memorial Park and Braga Park. 

King Park and the nearby Spencer Park create a green oasis in the Wellington Avenue and Marchant Street area of Newport next to Newport Harbor.  These parks afford island residents and visitors beautiful scenic vistas and healthy outdoor recreational opportunities.  The parks also provide some buffering against harmful runoff into Newport Harbor from the dense development in that area.

The Loebs Family Foundation provided a $50,000 grant award to ALT to make this conservation project possible.  This foundation has made a lasting difference by strategically supporting time-sensitive land conservation projects on Aquidneck Island.

Regarding this collaboration with ALT, Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano stated, "We are very happy to partner with the Aquidneck Land Trust again so as to permanently protect the conservation values of King Park and Spencer Park for the lasting benefit of all Newporters and others who love Aquidneck Island."

Edward F. Lavallee, Newport City Manager, noted, "It is very important not to take for granted the special natural resources which a community cherishes and that is why we are working with the Aquidneck Land Trust to put a set of permanent checks and balances on these two parks."

"We applaud the Newport City Council, City staff, The Loebs Family Foundation, the neighbors of these two parks, the Newport Tree and Open Space Commission, and the Spencer and King families, who originally gave these lands to the City for park purposes, for their support of this conservation project.  Their long-term vision and respect for Aquidneck Island's natural resources will pay lasting dividends," said Ted Clement, ALT Executive Director.


ALT's time-sensitive mission is to conserve Aquidneck Island's open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community.  The organization has conserved a total of 2,298.8 +/- acres on Aquidneck Island.  ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the first and only land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation.  For more information, visit


As always, thank you for your continued support
for conservation on our Island.


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