In June of 2015 the Friends of the Waterfront in collaboration with URI Master Gardeners launched a plan to educate residents and visitors about public rights of way lining Newport’s iconic harbor while celebrating the beauty and diversity of native Rhode Island plants. The new dinghy planters featured in the heart of downtown Newport and at King Park will help identify public access to the waterfront.
The dinghy planters project took months of fundraising, planning, designing, and searching across Rhode Island for suitable plants, many of which are native to Rhode Island, that would remind people of the shoreline, a boat out at sea, and the importance of keeping the harbor open to the public. The first of the up-cycled dinghies was placed in Perrotti Park. The long-range goal of the project is to place dinghy planters all along the Harbor Walk in order to draw attention to it and to invite citizens and guests alike to visit the sites and enjoy the views of the harbor.
Newport This Week article on Dinghy Planters