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Newport to Celebrate Transformation of Buena Vista Park on Saturday

A striking transformation has been underway at Buena Vista Park, a neighborhood park nestled just North of the railroads tracks that divide Newport's Westside and Clifton neighborhoods.

For the past two years, the Newport Parks Renaissance Commission (NPRC) has been working hard to raise financial, political, and social capital to accomplish their goals of revitalizing Newport's parks. In greatest need of reinvestment, Buena Vista Park became the initial focus of the NPRC and will ultimately reflect the greatest change.  

“We decided to start by focusing on Buena Vista Park because it's so heavily used and we noticed the huge potential,” said Chris Bednar, a NPRC board member. “We've also done some work and programming in other parks, including showing movies at Providence Park and Buena Vista Park.”

Visitors to the park are now able to enjoy a new walking path that circles the park  thanks to the generosity  of River Metals Recycling. Other improvements, made possible by the City of Newport, grants, fundraising, and other contributions include a new drinking fountain, a new roof on the shelter, several new trees, three picnic tables, three trash cans, a dog bag dispenser, a flower bed, and more.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided as the community celebrates the progress in the park.

“This ribbon cutting represents a milestone for NPRC's work in Buena Vista Park. There's still a lot in store for this park,” said Kyle Randall, NPRC board member. “We're going to make this a great park!”

The Newport Parks Renaissance Commission is a 501(c)3 non-profit. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NewportParksRenaissance/.

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