WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The amusement park rides may be long gone, but Rocky Point Park remains an iconic destination. On Monday, a new sign welcoming people to the public park and movie night venue was unveiled.
The state of Rhode Island and the city of Warwick are hoping to create new memories for families at the place that served as an amusement park for generations.
“Every Rhode Island family has a memory of Rocky Point,” said First Gentleman Andy Moffitt. “Now, you’re going to be creating all kinds of new memories.”
The new sign, which was made right in Warwick by AA Thrifty Sign and Sign & Awning, now sits at the corner of Rocky Point and Warwick Neck Avenues, directing people to the park.
“We’ll have something that will show the arch, show the shoreline, and remind people of Rocky Point,” added Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, who was also on hand for the unveiling.
Much of the original Rocky Point has been turned down and converted to open space, but its views of Narragansett Bay remain breathtaking. In the summer of 2015, the city began holding movie nights at the park, which turned out to be very popular.
The property also now offers walking trails and still sports a carnival-like atmosphere.
The Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau gave grant money to the city to create appropriate signage of the area’s cultural entities so visitors could easily find them. However, the city felt they wanted to make this sign in particular feel special.
“We decided to partner with the Rocky Point Foundation in order to make the sign even bigger and better than it would have been,” added Avedisian.
The city hosted six movie nights last year at Rocky Point and hopes to have more this year.