Grant monies awarded to New Shoreham

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 5:15pm

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the R.I. Commerce Corp. have announced more than $1 million in Main Street Rhode Island Streetscape Improvement Fund grants for nine cities and towns.

“The Town of New Shoreham is pleased to announce that it was awarded a Main Street Rhode Island grant for construction of improvements to Nicholas Ball Park, which is located downtown. The $39,935 matching grant will be used to add improvements to Nicholas Ball Park, including enhancing safety and wayfinding, facilitating traffic flow and enriching the experience of the downtown village district,” said Town Manager Ed Roberge in a statement to The Times. “A special thanks is owed to the Old Harbor Task Force, a dedicated group of volunteers, whose time and energy goes to raising funds, securing grants, maintaining and implementing enhancements to our downtown parks. The Old Harbor Task Force expects construction will begin in spring of 2019.   

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they often find their home in Main Streets across Rhode Island,” said Raimondo in a statement. “By investing in our Main Streets and making them more attractive places to spend time and money, we’re supporting our local economies. We’ve seen great success in cities and towns that have received previous rounds of funding through this program, and I can’t wait to see the improvements from these new projects.”