Lend-A-Vest for safety begins on Block Island

Lend A Vest For Saferty
Credit to Matthew Moynihan

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (WLNE) –  The New Shoreham Police Department began its Lend-A-Vest safety program at 10 of Block Island’s most popular trails.

Students from Block Island School installed the vest stands and will be monitoring and replenishing them regularly.

“Hunting and hiking are two of Block Island’s favorite outdoor activities and a simple navigational mistake could put a hunter on or near a popular hiking trail,” said Matthew C. Moynihan, New Shoreham Chief of Police. “During hunting season, people should wear orange, make noise when hunters are present and be especially careful at dawn and dusk. The Lend-a-Vest stations at each trail will be stocked with orange vests for people to borrow while hiking. We are grateful for the generous support of the Mary D Fund and our partnership with the Nature Conservancy and the Block Island Land Trust.”

 “We appreciate that our students have a hands-on role in the Lend-a-Vest for Safety program and this opportunity to learn about a career in public safety,” said Robert Gerardi, Jr., Superintendent of the Block Island School. “Real world experiences that enhance our in-school curriculum are valuable and we are grateful to Mary D and the New Shoreham Police Department for including our students in this program.”

 “Thank you to Chief Moynihan and our NSPD for Block Island’s innovative new Lend-a-Vest for Safety Program! The Mary D Fund is so happy and proud to fund this important safety program designed to keep Block Islanders and all who visit safe to enjoy our nature trails,” said Marguerite and Mary Donnelly. “We thank Chief Moynihan for also creating an opportunity for our Block Island High School Students to work together with our NSPD to implement Lend -a-Vest for Safety Program. We are always better together!”

Lend-A-Vest stations are orange mailboxes located near the following trails:

  • Black Rock
  • Clay Head Trail
  • Fresh Pond Greenway
  • Fresh Pond Preserve
  • Fresh Swamp and Payne Farm Trail
  • Harrison Trail
  • Hodge Family Wildlife Reserve
  • Rodman’s Hollow
  • Settler’s Rock
  • Turnip Farm

Visitors are asked to return the vests at the end of their hike. Vests are also available at the New Shoreham Police Department and can be returned there as well.

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