To the Editor:
I took a walk through Rocky Point the other day for the first time in 50 some years. Sure, as a kid, I’d been there many, many times. The salt water swimming pool on your right hand side as you enter the amusement park. All the rides, food, cotton candy, running around with friends; Rocky Point was huge. Not so this day. Where did everything go? How did everything fit on that huge piece of land?
Walking through there this day, I was picturing where the main entrance was, and the stage where I first saw the band The Yardbirds. I can’t recall if it was Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck (not all three were in the band at the same time) who broke the bottom E string on his guitar. Without missing a beat, that bottom E string hanging, the band kept rolling on throughout the song. I know, my elbows were on that stage. How did the World’s Largest Dinner Hall fit on that patch of land? With the drive through below to pick up your order of clam cakes with red or white clam chowder, overlooking the Narragansett Bay? On a clear day, off in the distance, you’ll be able to see the Jamestown and Newport bridges. After an hour and a half roaming that small valley, I could hear the sounds of people talking, running from one ride to another, smelling the food, tasting the cotton candy when it came to me. My quote: “The best memories can’t be seen.”
It would be a very sad day to imagine or see anything else on such an exclusive, pristine piece of real estate. This is not broken; don’t fix it!
David F. Cook