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Our programs are listed below.



The City welcomes groups and organizations that are willing to take on a small beautification project such as planting and maintaining flower beds or planters, collecting litter on beaches and parkways or assisting with park projects such as fence paintings.

If the adopt-a-spot includes the installation of plants the City requires an agreement that includes responsibility for tasks including, weeding, watering of plants, and any other type of beautification to our City streets.

For information on how to “Adopt-A-Spot”, please contact Scott Wheeler, Tree & Grounds Supervisor.


Daffodil Project

The Daffodil Project is a campaign to beautify Newport by creating large naturalized meadows of daffodils. The project is a partnership of community volunteers, the City of Newport, the Newport Preservation Society, Salve Regina University and the Newport Restoration Foundation. The plantings are made possible by the generous support of a private donor.

The program has been expanded into the Daffodillion Campaign with the goal of planting 1,000,000 daffodils throughout the city to celebrate renewal, beauty and live-ability in every neighborhood. See link for:  More Info


Memorial Benches

The City of Newport offers anyone with a desire to memorialize a loved one or to commemorate a special event, the opportunity to purchase a bench with a personalized plaque.

Benches are placed in City parks, parkways and public beaches. Standard bench models have been selected by the city for particular parks in coordination with the community based on their durability and the desired aesthetics for each location.

Benches range in price from $888 to $2,110.40 depending on the model selected. To obtain more information on sponsoring a bench,please click here.


Ballard Park

Ballard Park is a wild and natural open space of 13 acres located near the intersection of Hazard and Wickham Roads.

The park was deeded as a gift to the City of Newport in 1990 by Carol C. Ballard.

Its unique features include two 19th century quarries and a diverse variety of native and introduced plant species. Ballard Park allows for unobtrusive observation of an abutting 54 acre wildlife refuge by providing paths suitable for walking and bird watching.

Friends of Ballard Park host free, family-friendly events throughout the year. For more information click here.


Newport Dog Park

Who Let the Dogs Out?

The Newport Public Services Department is proud to announce that the Newport Dog Park is open to the public for resident and non-resident doggies alike.

The park is located on Connell Highway Extension. Traveling south on West Main Road (route 114) to the intersection of Coddington Highway, take a right onto Coddington Hwy, continue to the Rotary. Go around the rotary to the Shell Station and take the immediate right after the gas station. The park will be down on your left about a quarter mile, located after the U-Haul building. Traveling north on Broadway to the intersection of Admiral Kalbfus take a left, and proceed through three traffic lights to the rotary.  Or from the opposite direction, traveling south on West Main Road to the intersection of Admiral Kalbfus Road, take a right onto Admiral Kalbfus Road and proceed through the same three traffic lights to the Rotary.

There are “Mutt-Mitts” available in the dispenser for the convenience of picking up after your pet.

Support Newport’s Mutt Mitt Program today with your donation – Print Form

The park is approximately a half acre, fenced-in facility so that your pets can run off leash, and socialize with other dogs. It is open from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm and is also lighted.

It is encouraged that you bring your own water and toys, as none are provided.


Mutt Mitt Program

The Mutt Mitt Program is a program designed to alleviate the nuisance of dog waste in public parks and fields. The City has 44 dispensers located in various public locations around the City, that are filled 3 times per week.

The Mutt Mitts themselves are a heavy-duty double-lined plastic bag which is placed over your hand and makes it easier for collection.

There are normally trash barrels near each dispenser.

City Ordinance requires dog owners by law to clean up after their pet, and disposing of the waste in proper receptacles.

In honor of your pet, the City offers a donation program to help offset the cost of the mutt-mitt refills. The average cost per year for mutt-mitts is $20,000. Donations can be made to the City of Newport, c/o Newport Public Services Department…please name your pet on your check.  Print Form


God’s Little Acre

The City of Newport is home to notable historic burial grounds including The Common Burial Ground, which dates to the 17th century and holds a large collection of colonial era headstones including the largest number of colonial African American headstones in the country. The predominantly African-American northern section of the cemetery is known as “God’s Little Acre”, visit for more information.

Get Involved

Find out more about how you can get involved with our programs by contacting Carol Bowman at

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