SCENIC THIRD BEACH PROJECT
The picturesque south coast of Middletown, Rhode Island has been known as “Paradise Valley” since the 18th century. The scenic vistas, unique geological formations, beaches and historic buildings make this area one of Rhode Island’s most special places. A collaboration of three nonprofit partners – The Preservation Society of Newport County, Preserve Rhode Island, and the Aquidneck Land Trust – the Scenic Aquidneck Coalition brings together resources to execute projects for the benefit of the island’s communities. The group is currently focused on The Scenic Third Beach Project: an effort to bury utilities underground, removing 77 unsightly poles and restoring the scenic landscape along a 1.2 mile stretch of Third Beach Road and Indian Avenue. This project was inspired by a similar utility undergrounding project completed through the efforts of the Scenic Aquidneck Coalition along Sachuest Point Road in Middletown in 2017.