Plans announced for new park in Newport

Plans announced for new park in Newport

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A press conference was held at the Newport Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning with some exciting information for the city.

Plans for the new downtown park and veterans memorial were unveiled.

The park will feature a music stage, outdoor seating and green space.

“I hope it breathes more life into downtown because as people come down here more and more businesses and things will come downtown too and it will raise the spirit of Newport,” Executive Director of the Newport Economic Development Commission Jon Chadwell said. “And it's going to show everybody what we already knew, that it's a great town.”

Mayor David Stewart said this means great things for Newport's future.

“Every downtown has their own little knack and that's what we're trying to do with this park,” Stewart said. “Everything will be around the park. It's near our depot. It's near several businesses downtown and we hope to just make that even bigger and better.”

The stage will be dedicated to Terry Scoggins.

Scoggins became a member of the Newport Economic Development Commission in 1990, and served as Chairman for many years.

Several organizations have already committed to bringing entertainment to the park.

KASU Public Radio in Jonesboro announced they will bring back the Bluesday Tuesday program in 2016 and will host it from the park in April through October.

RiverCountry 96.7 will also hold a monthly concert in the park during the same April through October timespan featuring local and regional bands.

ASU-Newport plans to host a "movies in the park" program for families during the months between April and October also.

They've already raised $400,000 for the $600,000 project.

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