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Plugging into the community
By Chris Barnett / July 21, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...
There’s a constantly changing community on the corner of William Street and Bellevue Avenue in Newport. The visitors are drawn by a mobile, solar-powered parklet where they can recharge their laptops and cell phones and well as their own batteries.

Taking up one parking space on William Street, the parklet is a temporary stop for people looking to take a break for a few minutes or power up their electronic devices. Four solar panels mounted on the roof of the new structure power the charging stations.

We awarded a $15,000 Centennial Community Grant to the City of Newport to create the “Plug Park.” Built by city workers, the wooden pergola was constructed to be easily moved wherever it might be needed in Newport.

“This will serve residents and visitors alike, especially during the peak tourism months. It provides shelter from the sun, a place to relax and a place to plug in a laptop or phone. At the same time it will activate a sidewalk or parking space and transform the physical environment into an animated, populated, temporary public work of art,” says Bill Riccio, director of Newport’s Public Services Department who led the project.
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