LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management broke ground Monday on a new pavilion at Lincoln Woods State Park. This facility will be much “greener” and better for the environment than its predecessor, with the addition of solar panels, a sewer hook-up, and more bike racks.
The 627 acres of the state park are a special place for the million or so people who visit each year — hiking, fishing, boating and horseback riding.
“Importantly, this project was designed to be green to reduce the overall impact on the environment,” said DEM director Janet Coit.
Coit, members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation and First Gentleman Andy Moffit took part in the ground-breaking. The three new buildings will offer concessions, restrooms, showers, office space and an expanded nature center.
The $5.3 million construction project to modernize facilities and amenities is expected to be completed in 2016. Facilities will be connected to local water and sewers for the first time. Solar panels will help create hot water for showers — and porous asphalt will reflect the sun so it stays cooler, and reduces pollution in the lake.
“It’s also going to produce good paying jobs, which is an important priority for all of us to put Rhode Islanders to work,” said Rep. David Cicilline.
The powers that be did say you should expect some inconveniences next summer during construction. The project is expected to be complete by the spring of 2017.