Warwick, RI — City and State officials unveiled Rocky Point Park’s new sig Monday afternoon at the intersection of Warwick Neck and Rocky Point Avenues, marking the well-known park for new visitors.
Mayor Scott Avedisian and members of the Warwick City Council met with RI First Gentlemen Andy Moffit, Department of Environmental Management representatives, members of the Rocky Point Foundation, and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) to pull the covering from the newly installed sign.
“The installation of the new Rocky Point sign adds an additional aesthetic benefit to the revitalization of the grounds,” said Mayor Avedisian. “We are thrilled to add an equally beautiful sign to welcome friends, neighbors and visitors to the park.”
The project was funded in part by a $2,500 grant sponsored by PWCVB in collaboration with the Rocky Point Foundation, a non-profit organization that worked closely with the City and RIDEM on the park’s preservation and restoration. The Rocky Point Foundation worked cooperatively with the City and the Warwick Department of Tourism Culture and Development to design and install the sign.
The sign is the latest addition in the ongoing development of the park on 123 acres along the city’s eastern shore overlooking Narragansett Bay. Rocky Point, an amusement park and summer recreation destination since the 1840s, closed in 1990s, inaccessible to the public as its buildings and attractions decayed.
A rehabilitation of the property to return it to public use began in 2007, when Warwick, the State Department of Environmental Management and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperated to acquire 41 acres of waterfront property. The State of Rhode Island acquired the adjacent 82 or so acres of land to add to the park.
Since the acquisition, the City has built a walking path popular among residents and tourists alike. A movie night series, Movies in the Park, debuted at the location during the summer of 2015. The park is open to the public year-round.
“Rocky Point is a Rhode Island treasure that is poised to welcome many future generations of residents and visitors to enjoy its breathtaking vistas,” Sheridan said. “The PAC is happy to continue its tradition of supporting markers and signage for Warwick-area attractions to draw attention to many of the city’s notable tourism sites.”
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