Demolition has begun at the former Rocky Point amusement park to make way for a coastal state park.
Rocky Point Park was a highly popular amusement park on the Narragansett Bay side of Warwick, Rhode Island. It operated from the late 1840s until it closed in 1995. Over the decades, attractions at Rocky Point have come and gone – nature trails, a ferry pier, an observation tower, hotels, clambakes, restaurants, swimming pool, rides, games, and concerts. The following year, the park filed for bankruptcy.
In March 2013, the DEM acquired 83 acres at the site of the former Rocky Point. The land will be integrated with the 41 acres of shoreline at Rocky Point that was bought by the City of Warwick with the help of state and federal funding in 2007.
On June 26, 2011 Rocky Point was once again opened to the public and features a new asphalt mile long walking path along the shore of Narragansett Bay although much of the area of the original amusement park itself is still fenced off and closed to the public, including the Shore Dinner Hall.
Now, demolition has begun at the former Rocky Point amusement park to make way for a coastal state park. In the upcoming weeks, crews are removing asbestos and will demolish the dinner hall and other buildings, including the remaining cottages over the next two months.
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Rocky Point Foundation: http://www.rockypointfoundation.org/
Eyewitness News Video: http://wpri.com/2014/07/08/final-demolition-begins-at-rocky-point/