MEMORIES OF ROCKY POINT
Published on Aug 8, 2012
The Rocky Point Amusement 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. The following year, the park filed for bankruptcy.
From the 1950s through the mid 1990s, Rocky Point Amusement Park was the most popular attraction in Rhode Island. It featured rides such as the Skyliner, Corkscrew Loop Roller Coaster, Log Flume, and the Freefall.
On June 25, 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. However, the City of Warwick and the State of Rhode Island are moved forward with plans to purchase the remainder of the land and make it the jewel of the State Park system.
February 13, 2013 became a landmark day as roughly 82 acres of the land was preserved when U.S. District Court Ronald R. Lagueux approved the state's purchase of the land for roughly $9.65 million.
Using bond money, the state Department of Environmental Management is purchasing the land from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the court-appointed receiver for the landmark park that was bankrupt when it closed in the mid 1990's.
THE ROCKY POINT SAGA, 1847 TO 2013
Rocky Point Foundation and the Providence Journal