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Roger Williams National Memorial Cultural Landscape Report (comment and public meeting)

Roger Williams National Memorial
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Roger Williams National Memorial Cultural Landscape Report
Available for Review and Comment and Notice of Public Meeting

In collaboration with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the National Park Service has developed a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for Roger Williams National Memorial. This is the first report of its kind done for the Memorial since its establishment by Congress in 1965.

In its final draft, the CLR includes an extensive site history that outlines, in depth, Native American presence, the settlement of Roger Williams, and the urban renewal period that resulted in the Memorial as we know it today. In addition, the report includes a comprehensive site analysis and evaluation as well as treatment recommendations for the future use and design of the site.

The park has entered a critical phase in the development of this foundational document and is seeking public input on the final draft. Park management is especially interested in gathering input on the treatment recommendations but would appreciate any additional information or suggestions regarding the content included in the site history and analysis sections as well.

Public comment is welcome in writing by sending an e-mail to Site Manager Jennifer Gonsalves at email us or by mail to Roger Williams NM, 282 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Please submit all written comments no later than December. 11, 2009.

In addition to submitting comments in writing, park staff would like to invite all interested parties to attend a public meeting to discuss the report, its findings, and treatment recommendations. The meeting will be held December 9, 2009 at the Old State House (entrance at 150 Benefit Street) 4:30pm-6:30pm. This public meeting will be the only in person opportunity to discuss and comment on the plan before it becomes final.

If you have any questions regarding the CLR or the public meeting, please contact Site Manager Jennifer Gonsalves at 401.521.7266.

To download a pdf of the Cultural Landscape Report, click here (24mb). Please be patient. May take a few minutes to start download. A limited number of hard copies are available upon request.

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