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Ft Adams / Open the Fort / Vote Yes on Nov 2!

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject: Ft Adams / Open the Fort / Vote Yes on Nov 2! Reply with quote

Hi Folks:



If you live in RI, please vote yes on Question #4 during the Nov 2 elections. This bond issue will provide 1.5 million to Fort Adams to implement Phase 1 of our new master plan. The money will be used to stabilize and secure dangerous areas of the Fort, with the intention of "opening" the fort to the public. Instead of being required to purchase tickets and take a guided tour, the main gate to the fort will be open during normal business hours, allowing the public open access. See the website and press release below:



www.openthefort.com



Historic Fort Adams Included in Open Space and Recreation Bond Issue

Help for Three Important Sites on Narragansett Bay



NEWPORT, RI - HISTORIC FORT ADAMS – The November 2010 ballot will contain Question #4 – Open Space and Recreation, a bond to provide $14.7 million for three sites on Narragansett Bay: Fort Adams in Newport, Rocky Point Park in Warwick and India Point Park in Providence. The bond issue is intended to expand the public’s access and use of these three sites and represents a critical investment in coastal areas that are so much a part of the Ocean State’s identity and thriving tourism industry, the state’s second largest.

At Fort Adams $1.5 million will be used to repair interior spaces in order to allow freer public access and use of the Fort’s dramatic 6.5 acre Parade Ground. The Fort Adams Trust recently completed a master plan for the Fort recommending “opening the fort” to more park visitors. The current dangerous state of the masonry surrounding the Parade requires public access by guided tour only. A goal of the master plan is to secure dangerous areas to permit visitors to take self-guided as well as guided tours, spending more time inside the Fort. With over 500,000 visitors per year, there is a tremendous opportunity to increase the public’s appreciation and support for Fort Adams, an endangered National Historic Landmark and the largest fortification of its type in North America. Visit www.openthefort.com for details.

The bond issue also contains $10 million to acquire 81 acres of the former Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, and $3.2 million to acquire property adjacent to India Point Park in Providence recently used as a staging area for the I-195 relocation for a public recreation gateway to the Bay. For more information go to www.rockypointfoundation.org and www.makeshooterspublic.com. Groups supporting the bond issue include Save-the-Bay, Grow Smart Rhode Island, and the Environmental Council of Rhode Island.

The Fort Adams Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that partners with the RI Department of Environmental Management to restore Fort Adams and operate it as a public historic site.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like Question 4 passed by a good margin - thanks to all you Rhode Islanders for making that happen!
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