Vernon Park Improvements and Slide – Newport RI


In Newport, Rhode Island “the WPA built sidewalks and most of the stone walls, grandstands, concession buildings and other facilities in Newport’s public parks. Vernon Park, Freebody Park and Cardines Field are the most visible examples.”

At Vernon Park the WPA built an astounding stone “playground slide, complete with firehouse and chimney,” at the park’s northeast corner (on Vernon Ave.). It possibly also built the stone walls around the park’s tennis courts.

Source notes (accessed Mar. 2018)

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 9, 2018.

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Vernon Ave.
Newport, RI

Location notes: Location of slide

Coordinates: 41.503573, -71.299051

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