Newport Council to Vote on Park Redesign

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – The Newport City Council is poised to vote on a proposed public park redesign by the renowned architect Maya Lin that critics have disparaged as a “travesty” and out of character in the historic city.

The council is scheduled to vote Wednesday evening on whether to allow the Newport Restoration Foundation to redo Queen Anne Square.

Lin, who is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, has proposed adding three stone foundations called “meeting rooms” and a fountain.

Critics say the foundations look fake and are inappropriate for such a historic location.

Mayor Stephen Waluk (WAH'-luck) tells The Associated Press he is optimistic the project will get the green light. Lin has said she's surprised by the controversy but attributes much of it to misinformation about her design.


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