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DEM: Rocky Point Pier Construction Starts This May

Rocky Point Park Pier at sunset April 28, 2015.
Rocky Point Park Pier at sunset April 28, 2015.
Rocky Point Park Pier at sunset April 28, 2015.
CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] An artist’s drawing of the planned fishing pier at Rocky Point.

WARWICK, RI – Construction of a new $1.8 million timber fishing pier at Rocky Point State Park, performed by ACK Marine & General Contracting LLC of Quincy, MA will begin in May.

On Monday, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Warwick Mayor Joseph J.Solomon announced the imminent start of the project, expected to be completed by December. Construction will begin within the next two to three weeks, said Michael Healey, chief public affairs officer with the DEM.

When finished, the pier will provide anglers of all abilities with access to one of the state’s prime fishing areas, according to a release from the DEM.

The new fishing pier will feature a 280-foot-long, T-shaped layout with a shade structure, benches, railings, and solar lighting. Railing heights will vary to allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy access to Narragansett Bay. The completed project will provide saltwater fishing access less than 10 miles from Downtown Providence.

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“Expanding shorelineand fishing access is core to our mission at DEM and we’re thrilled that thenew pier will enable anglers, regardless of their physical abilities, toexperience the joy and bounty of fishing on Narragansett Bay,” said DEMDirector Janet Coit. “I hope that the public will benefit from thisrecreational investment and asset for decades to come.”

The pier will complementa variety of recreational opportunities at Rocky Point State Park, includingwalking, bird-watching, rock climbing, the RI Saltwater Anglers Association’sYouth Fishing Camp, DEM’s popular “Come Clam With Me” workshops, andopen spaces for picnics as well as family-focused events like Food Truck Nightsand Movie Nights run by the City and other gatherings.

“As Council President, I was proud to work cooperatively with DEM to make sure the pier would be reconstructed,” said Solomon. “It’s a terrific addition to all the improvements that have been made at Rocky Point. It will stand as a symbol of the rich history of the park and our maritime heritage while offering people another way to access our beautiful Bay.”

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CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] An artist's drawing of the planned fishing pier at Rocky Point.
CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A diagram and artistic renderings of the planned fishing pier at Rocky Point.