Ground broken on new waterfront path in downtown Newport

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NEWPORT — Pomerleau Real Estate and the City of Newport have broken ground on a new walking path on the waterfront.

This new path is an addition to the Newport Recreation Path and opens up over 1,000 feet of waterfront to the public for the first time.

The waterfront path, which will also offer docks, will serve boaters and pedestrians as they enjoy a more connected downtown.

The effort is among a set of unique public and private partnerships to revive downtown Newport.

Pomerleau Real Estate will also be making significant building improvements to Vista Foods, located along the new path in Waterfront Plaza, and further extensions are planned to allow pedestrians to travel to the Canadian border.

“This is smart growth at its best,” said Ernie Pomerleau, President of Pomerleau Real Estate. “All members of the community benefit from this investment. We are thrilled to be part of a project that supports outdoor recreation for all ability levels, and strengthens downtown commerce.”

Tony Pomerleau remarked, “I grew up here, as you know. In my lifetime, I’ve seen many changes in Newport from concrete streets to rail-to-trail paths. I can’t wait to see what’s next for my hometown.”