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Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:39 pm
by RhowdyRam02
They've dug up the corner of the Dairy Barn Lot that is across from Meade Stadium and the facilities complex. I have to assume that's the start of construction for the White Horn Brook Apartment Complex.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:13 am
by OBRAM
Need to move Maintenance support area, it is an eye sore, and put a new stadium across from the Ryan Center. Well, I can't dream can't I?

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:26 am
by RF1
South County Bike Trail

Another campus improvement will be the eventual connection to the nearby South County Bike Trail. The off road trail currently starts at the Kingston Train Station and ends at the elementary school on Mumford Road in Narragansett (near Sprague Field). The plan is to extend the trail one mile from Mumford Road through the Canochet Farm/South County Museum property with it terminating across the street from the Narragansett Town Beach. There are plans for a spur trail from campus to the area near the Curtis Corner Middle School by the athletic fields there.

I myself am not a fan of the proposed URI spur which will meet up several miles into the current South County Bike Trail. I bike this trail on occasion and one of the issues with it is its rather short mileage distance. I would therefore much rather the current trail be lengthened to URI with it following the Amtrak line from Kingston Station to the URI campus. That would add a few more miles and provide much needed additional parking. Parking is now an issue at Kingston Station as there are not many open spaces for bikers. The lots across from the Ryan Center would be ideal. Most of the biking season is in the warm weather months when the lots are not used to a great extent by the URI community. Furthermore, even in the months of the normal fall and spring semesters, most bikers would be using the trail on weekends when the lots are little used.


Trail Map Link
http://southcountybikepath.org/wp-conte ... 04/map.jpg

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:52 am
by RhowdyRam02
Went to the Jane Goodall event at the Ryan Center last night. Fencing around the entire visitor's center area, some equipment on site and a sign on the fence said the new center will be open in August.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:54 pm
by RF1
RhowdyRam02 wrote:Went to the Jane Goodall event at the Ryan Center last night. Fencing around the entire visitor's center area, some equipment on site and a sign on the fence said the new center will be open in August.



Impressive turnout of some 4,300 for that event. Jane Goodall drew more to the Ryan Center last night than Rhody men's basketball did for seven games last season. I am glad to see that so many come out to hear such a distinguished speaker. The Ryan Center was not built just for athletic events and it is good to see it meeting its mission.

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/2 ... man-spirit

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:14 am
by RhowdyRam02
Here's an article from the URI website that has a write up on the welcome center. includes an artist's rendering of what the new center will look like.

https://today.uri.edu/news/uri-begins-c ... me-center/

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:22 am
by RhowdyRam02
Here is a broader update on all campus construction:

https://rhodycigar.com/2017/09/28/construction-update/

Also yesterday they had a meeting at URI about the URI addition to the South County Bike Path, but I haven't seen any news about that yet.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:28 am
by NYGFan_Section208
RhowdyRam02 wrote:Here is a broader update on all campus construction:

https://rhodycigar.com/2017/09/28/construction-update/

Also yesterday they had a meeting at URI about the URI addition to the South County Bike Path, but I haven't seen any news about that yet.


A couple weeks ago, I actually saw a guy out there on the path with a surveying tool (between Ministerial Rd and the 1 mile marker). He said he was out there getting info on an addition that would go to URI. Good deal, looking forward to it. Path is awesome, saw a deer crossing it the other day and last winter saw a group of 8 or 9 crossing.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:37 pm
by Rhodymob05
A few months ago there was also a request for proposals for a renivation of Memorial Union and the plaza/Landscape space around it. Haven’t heard much since though. Definitely needed.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:42 am
by ATPTourFan
Wow, that original welcome center was an embarrassment.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:42 am
by RF1
NYGFan_Section208 wrote:
RhowdyRam02 wrote:Here is a broader update on all campus construction:

https://rhodycigar.com/2017/09/28/construction-update/

Also yesterday they had a meeting at URI about the URI addition to the South County Bike Path, but I haven't seen any news about that yet.


A couple weeks ago, I actually saw a guy out there on the path with a surveying tool (between Ministerial Rd and the 1 mile marker). He said he was out there getting info on an addition that would go to URI. Good deal, looking forward to it. Path is awesome, saw a deer crossing it the other day and last winter saw a group of 8 or 9 crossing.



I was on the path last Monday. Biked from the RR Station to the pier. Beautiful day with plenty of people sunning themselves at the town beach. Still not a fan of the separate spur proposal (see map below). A far shorter extension would be needed to just extend the path from the train station along the tracks to the lots across from the Ryan Center. Most bikers would much prefer an overall longer end to end trail than separate offshoot spurs.

Bike Trail Map:
http://southcountybikepath.org/wp-conte ... 04/map.jpg

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:59 pm
by NYGFan_Section208
RF1 wrote:
NYGFan_Section208 wrote:
RhowdyRam02 wrote:Here is a broader update on all campus construction:

https://rhodycigar.com/2017/09/28/construction-update/

Also yesterday they had a meeting at URI about the URI addition to the South County Bike Path, but I haven't seen any news about that yet.


A couple weeks ago, I actually saw a guy out there on the path with a surveying tool (between Ministerial Rd and the 1 mile marker). He said he was out there getting info on an addition that would go to URI. Good deal, looking forward to it. Path is awesome, saw a deer crossing it the other day and last winter saw a group of 8 or 9 crossing.



I was on the path last Monday. Biked from the RR Station to the pier. Beautiful day with plenty of people sunning themselves at the town beach. Still not a fan of the separate spur proposal (see map below). A far shorter extension would be needed to just extend the path from the train station along the tracks to the lots across from the Ryan Center. Most bikers would much prefer an overall longer end to end trail than separate offshoot spurs.

Bike Trail Map:
http://southcountybikepath.org/wp-conte ... 04/map.jpg


Agree...or, go the extra mile(s) and close the loop

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:29 pm
by RhowdyRam02
My thought is they're doing the direct spur hoping students/faculty/staff will use the path to commute and ease congestion on the roadways around campus. Closing the loop would be a good idea eventually though.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:58 pm
by RF1
RhowdyRam02 wrote:My thought is they're doing the direct spur hoping students/faculty/staff will use the path to commute and ease congestion on the roadways around campus. Closing the loop would be a good idea eventually though.


I want URI connected. I just don't like the separate spur approach as a biker. They could still connect the campus by extending the line along the tracks from Kingston Station to Plains road. It would lengthen the end to end distance of the trail which would give bikers more of a workout. At any rate, the Phase 4 extension from Mumford Road to the town beach is needed first.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:12 am
by RhowdyRam02
But again, you're thinking of this as a recreational biker, they're thinking of this as a commuting option. Someone from Narragansett or Wakefield is less likely to commute using their bike if they have to go all the way out to the train station just to loop back to campus. If your proposed route is feasible then I'm sure those two branches will eventually be connected which would give all bikers more path to use.

What is going on with phase four? I was under the impression that the funding and land were all set and construction was imminent.

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:04 am
by RhowdyRam02
Here's an article from the Narragansett Times about the bike path meeting last week:

http://www.ricentral.com/narragansett_t ... 23040.html

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:28 am
by ATPTourFan
I don't see how a bike path connector has any significant impact on the greater parking struggles at URI, especially with another larger lot going offline to support a new dorm (and more permanent residents who will need 24/7 parking).

Re: Brainstorming about updating campus area

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:57 am
by RF1
RhowdyRam02 wrote:Here's an article from the Narragansett Times about the bike path meeting last week:

http://www.ricentral.com/narragansett_t ... 23040.html



Seems like an aggressive plan to have the bike path extension to URI done by fall of 2018.


Bike path extension to URI part of broader transit push
The Independent
http://www.independentri.com/independen ... 2cb00.html