WARWICK, RI — Warwick City beaches will officially open on Saturday for the summer, at no cost to the public as Mayor Joseph J. Solomon keeps the beach fee program suspended for a review of the beach management budget.
The beaches will remain open until Labor Day on a daily basis for the summer season. City Park, Conimicut Point and Oakland Beach facilities will be open daily with lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Mayor’s office announced.
“Some of my best childhood memories were made with my family along Warwick’s shores,” said Solomon. “It was an affordable day’s adventure for a large family with limited financial means. I hope those who visit our beaches this summer – whether to swim or just enjoy the views of our breathtaking bay – will likewise create happy memories that will last a lifetime.”
A day after being sworn into office in May, Mayor Solomon’s first order of business was to suspend the program for Warwick City beaches, citing concerns expressed by residents about the initiative and the need to conduct a more detailed analysis, including of revenues versus expenditures, of the overall issue. In order to assuage concerns about litter, the Mayor has allocated additional resources to beach maintenance this summer.
“Response to my decision has been very positive,” the mayor said. “Even a modest entrance fee for some people – especially for senior citizens on fixed incomes – would be too cost prohibitive to allow them to come to our beaches. Warwick’s beautiful coastline is a tremendous environmental and recreational asset that everyone should have the ability to enjoy.”
Gorton Pond Beach, a small recreational spot with a fishing pier, gazebos and a small beach area, is also open to the public.
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