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Visitors take in ‘The Meeting Room’ installation at Queen Anne Square on Friday evening. The park opened to the public earlier in the day.
By Sean Flynn | The Newport Daily News | 0 comments
NEWPORT, R.I. — Toni McGregor of Newport held her 8-month-old grandson, Lochlan Alistair McGregor, under the arms Friday morning as he splashed his feet on the water table that is a centerpiece of “The Meeting Room” foundation in the newly redesigned Queen Anne Square in Newport.
“I think he’s the first child to do this,” McGregor said at the end of a dedication ceremony featuring the artists behind the park’s redesign: internationally known artist and architect Maya Lin; landscape designer Edwina von Gal of Long Island; and stonecarver Nick Benson of Newport, who also has a national reputation.
“I think the fountain is going to be a hit,” said Scott Wheeler, the city’s parks and grounds supervisor. “It’s wonderful how Maya Lin designed it to be interactive. It’s a great asset to the park.”
Newport police officers estimated more than 400 people attended the dedication ceremony. All 145 seats were filled and crowds of people stood around the perimeter as Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, Mayor Harry Winthrop and others spoke.