In January 2016, the Town of Portsmouth and the Aquidneck Land Trust partnered together (read the Conservation Easement) to purchase a scenic waterfront property which the town plans to develop into Mount Hope Park. This unique property is located at the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Bristol Ferry Road, and juts out into Mount Hope Bay, thereby providing visitors with expansive, sweeping views of the Mt. Hope Bridge and bay.
The Horsley Witten Project Team produced the Mount Hope Park Master Plan November 27, 2017 for the Town of Portsmouth and the Aquidneck Land Trust. The plan was completed with extensive input of the Mount Hope Park Steering Committee and the community as well as the recommendations of the Horsley Witten Project Team based on existing conditions at the site.
Mount Hope Park - Unimproved
|Mount Hope Park - As Proposed in the Master Plan|
Since the finalization of the master plan, despite the town's best efforts, Portsmouth has not been the recipient of grant funding needed to improve Mount Hope Park into the park envisioned in the master plan. In June 2019, the town's Public Works Department, led by Director Brian Woodhead, began improvements on the area so the public could utilize this scenic site safely. Working diligently, the department created six parking spaces (one handicap), cleared the site, loamed and seeded, installed fencing to prohibit access to deteriorating seawall, repaired the dock and relocated granite blocks.
Mount Hope Park opened for public use on August 30, 2019.