On April 25, 2014, the City of Jacksonville dedicated the Recycling Education Park in Ron Newport’s name due to his commitment to recycling and recycling education.
“It was under his leadership that Keep Jacksonville Beautiful took off as far expanding and developing from picking up litter to art and culture we now see around the city.
Sculpture can now be found both at City Hall as well as at the new Public Safety Building. He has been instrumental in bringing a major work of art to the grounds at the Nixon Library. Murals painted by local high school art students now adorn the walls of buildings on Main Street.
Ron developed the idea of the Recycling Park both to expand the arts through recycled material but also as an educational center for both school children and adults.
I can't think of anyone so worthy to recognize and pay tribute to than Ron Newport and I want his legacy to carry on for decades to inspire others. Those who truly make the greatest contributions and impact in our society many times are everyday citizens following their passion that want the world to be a better place than they found it. That's Ron Newport.”
~Mayor Gary Fletcher.