The Newport Open Space Partnership is very close to making public its “Open Space Master Plan,” which the Newport Daily News says is the “first citywide open space planning effort since [legendary landscape architect} Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. published “Proposed Improvements for Newport,’’ in 1913. ‘’ Amazing that with all the changes in the City by the Sea in the past century that it has taken this long!
“It’s a high-quality planning document,” Scott Wheeler, the city’s arborist and supervisor of buildings, ground and parks, told the paper. “It will be invaluable as a helpful guide to much of what we do. It has already helped us.” Good news for one of the most interesting, colorful and complicated cities in America and one that despite its small size, is well known around the world. Mr,. Olmsted, famed designer of New York's Central Park, would have been pleased.