A True Community Project
In November 2013, concerned citizens and representatives of many state preservation and local civic organizations met to discuss the impending sale of Neill Coffey’s gas station. The informal coalition unanimously agreed that the property should be preserved as public open space, celebrating the history of the town spring on the site as the birthplace of Newport and a landmark to Newport’s role in securing religious freedom in this country.
The Historic Newport Spring Leadership Committee, comprised of dedicated volunteers from the community, was formed soon thereafter to oversee the acquisition of the site, development of a plan for its use, and the launch of a fundraising campaign to support the Project. Newport’s Church Community Housing Corporation, which undertakes public and economic development projects that promote well-planned and healthy communities, agreed to work in partnership with the Committee and act as the Development Sponsor of the Project.
PROJECT MISSION STATEMENT
To recognize and celebrate the Spring as the birthplace of Newport
and the important role this place had in sustaining the life and growth
of this town, the birthplace in the United States, of religious freedom
and separation of church and state; and to make this place, once again,
a gathering place for all people to commemorate Newport’s pivotal role
in the development of our nation’s values.
HISTORIC NEWPORT SPRING PROJECT CORE GOALS
L+A Landscape Architecture
Ron Henderson FASLA, Founding Principal
Tanya Kelley, Senior Associate
Albert Garcia AIA, Principal
Mohamad Farzan AIA, Principal
John Stevens Shop
Lyn Underwood Ceglie
Richard D’Addario, Esq.
Charles B. Allott, Esq.
Rev. Paul Hansen
William R. Riccio, Jr., PE