Newport appears well on its way to declaring a large, lushly forested area of town, its newest park. In a process that will take several months, the area east of Big Creek Road, running from the city pool clear up to nearly Big Creek Park, is expected to be named “Forest Park.”
The park is zoned open space and not for development. It’s 77 acre immenseness will likely get a fair smattering of trails and benches for immersing oneself into a thick coastal forested environment.
The proposal is expected to first to be reviewed and approved by the Newport Parks and Recreation Commission, then to the Newport Planning Commission. From there, final approval and designation as a city park will be declared by the Newport City Council.
Community Development Director Derrick Tokos said there will be abundant opportunities for public input every step of the way.