WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — For the first time in nearly two decades, the Rocky Point property in Warwick will open to the public.
On Friday, local dignitaries got an inside look at the property before the big reveal on Saturday.
Bankruptcy forced Rocky Point Amusement Park to close in 1995, but in March of 2013, the Department of Environmental Management bought 83 acres of the property.
“This iconic property is one of Rhode Island’s most beloved natural assets and holds many special memories from the past,” said Governor Lincoln Chafee.
Chafee and his administration, along with U.S. and state Congress members, gathered Friday for a first glimpse of the new coastal state park.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian was also in attendance. He said he’s pleased with all that has been done to restore this special place in Warwick.
“It’s gratifying to me that this park will be preserved for generations to come to enjoy,” he said.
The cleanup of the property began in July with the demolition of the Shore Dinner Hall and the Palladium/ Windjammer. Both buildings were deteriorating and were well past restoration.
Additionally, more than 50 summer homes on the property have been demolished.
Plans have also been made to remove fences which are currently separating the state property from the city property. Once that is finished, the park will be one complete stretch of land for park-goers to enjoy.
“Rocky Point is an important piece of Warwick and Rhode Island history,” said Congressman Jim Langevin on Friday. “This land belongs to all Rhode Islanders”
Rocky Point will open Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.