PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — You’re invited to learn more about the future Mt. Hope Park at a special event on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road.
In January 2015, the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) and the town of Portsmouth partnered to purchase a unique waterfront property near the Mt. Hope Bridge in Portsmouth for the development of Mt. Hope Park, a new permanently conserved park land. The property is not yet open to the public – it still needs to be restored and improved.
The van Beuren Charitable Foundation has given the ALT funding for a master planning to ensure quality design and planning for the park.
On Feb. 1, an informal drop-in session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., when project boards and the project team will be on-hand to meet with the public one-on-one.
A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by facilitated break-out groups.
For more information, updates, and how to get involved, visit the project website at: https://www.mthopepark.com/.
Please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to sign up for this e-news list about the Mt. Hope Park project. Anyone can sign-up by CLICKING HERE.
If you ever have any questions throughout the planning process, please contact Craig Pereira, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-272-1717.
History of Mt. Hope Park property
Beginning in approximately 1680, the site was used as a ferry service between Portsmouth and Bristol. By the mid-1800s a ferry house had been constructed, and a stable appeared to be present in 1900.
In 1929, the ferry service ended with the completion of the Mt. Hope Bridge.
Around 1950, the Marina House Restaurant opened in the original ferry building. In 1983, the Marina House Restaurant closed, and the original ferry house burned down and was razed in 1985.
The cement pads of the buildings remain on site. Although briefly used as a staging area for repairs to the Mt. Hope Bridge in the 2000’s, the site remains vacant.