The city has secured funding for construction of a walking and bike path that will expand pedestrian connections from Rocky Point to Warwick Neck Avenue.
The state Department of Environmental Management, at Mayor Scott Avedisian’s request, authorized the city to use approximately $30,000 in funds remaining from a $140,000 grant it awarded the city to make improvements at the city’s mile of shoreline property at the former amusement park.
The money, coupled with an allocation from the city’s Fees in Lieu of Open Space account, will pay for construction of a 10-foot wide, 400-yard path on Meadowview Avenue known as the Rocky Point Extension. The path will connect the park property to Warwick Neck, enable walkers and cyclists to avoid busy Warwick Neck Avenue, and provide for better access to the Highland Beach side of the park. Meadowview Avenue, long closed to traffic, once served as part of the historic trolley line that connected Rocky Point to Providence and Warwick’s Oakland Beach and Buttonwoods neighborhoods.
“The Department of Environmental Management has been a great partner with the city throughout all the years we worked to purchase the shoreline property and open the park to the public,” Avedisian said in a statement. “I appreciate their continued commitment to increasing access to the park and their support of the city’s ongoing efforts to beautify and improve the property and surrounding neighborhood.”
“Kudos to Mayor Avedisian and the city leadership for their efforts to expand public access into Rocky Point,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “This new walking and bike path will give pedestrians and bikers a safer and more convenient connection from Warwick Neck to the park, where they can enjoy the rocky shoreline and gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay. It has been such a pleasure to work with Mayor Avedisian and his team over the past several years to protect this special place on the R.I. landscape.”
"I am excited that the mayor has supported my effort to open, expand and improve the property around Rocky Point," said Councilman John DelGiudice, whose ward encompasses the neighborhood. DelGiudice has been working with the Planning Department and residents of Ward 5 developing the idea of the public access of Meadowview Avenue as a bike path for some time.
Avedisian said plans are for construction to be completed and the path open to the public by late fall.