Middletown, RI. – May 20, 2021 – Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) announces the opening of a new 165-foot boardwalk at its Little Creek Preserve property on Bramans Lane in Portsmouth. The boardwalk is one of many improvements made to the 15+-acre site, which was conserved by ALT in 2018. The boardwalk terminates in an 8’x16’ viewing platform over a marsh. The property features picnic tables, benches, and a half-mile loop trail that links to the Sakonnet Greenway Trail, a 10-mile nature trail through ALT-conserved properties stretching from Linden Land in Portsmouth to Wyatt Road in Middletown.
“The boardwalk is a terrific addition to this beautiful property,” said Chuck Allott, Executive Director of ALT. “We are very grateful to the hundreds of donors who contributed both to its purchase and, later, to the improvement fund. We thank the Bafflin Foundation and the Betty Byrne de Zahara Charitable Fund for their generosity as well, and invite everyone to enjoy the results of this community-supported project.” The boardwalk was built by JAM Construction and designed by Narragansett Engineering.
Little Creek Preserve is home to the headwaters of Little Creek and is bordered by three other ALT-protected open spaces. Formerly part of a dairy farm, it is now conserved in perpetuity as a public open space and wildlife refuge. The mix of meadow, upland scrub-shrub, marsh, forested wetlands, vernal pools, and riparian areas around Little Creek provide habitat for a range of amphibian, mammalian, and avian species. The property is a great spot for birding and is free and open to the public daily, from dawn until dusk.