New Signs Tell the Story of Rocky Point
By: Tim Studebaker
WARWICK, R.I. – Many Rhode Islanders of a certain age can come up with a list of Rocky Point memories like it was just yesterday. A new project unveiled Friday might give you a reason to revisit the park 22 years after it closed.
Kevin Casey with Leadership Rhode Island says, “Everybody’s got a story, right? Red Hot Chili Peppers – 1992 – at the Palladium.”
Now, a 17-year effort has led to the newest way to experience Rocky Point.
Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says, “I think that a lot of places, they would say ‘There are some new kiosks going in at a park, and some new signs, and we’re going to get both senators, we’re going to get the governor, we’re going to get the whole city council?’ It makes sense if you know Rhode Island. It makes sense if you know how people love Rocky Point.”
The project was designed by Leadership Rhode Island. The signs will help tell the park’s story.
Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed says, “This was the place in the 1960s, and I’m dating myself, where you had your first semi–date. Let me explain. Let me explain. Just coincidentally, four girls from your school would show up here at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on a certain day, and four boys from the school. Now – we weren’t dating, but there was a certain interchange.”
There are ten signs in all telling visitors about each attraction in the place where each one stood.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo says, “We piled in the car with our friends, we came to Rocky Point, I went on the Spider until my stomach couldn’t handle it anymore. When I drove in here today, I had that memory come rushing back to me.”
People are already reminiscing over the signs.
Mike Ritz with Leadership Rhode Island says, “What was so impressive to me were the families that were gathered around the signs, and I watched the parents explain to the little ones, that weren’t old enough to enjoy this place, what this all meant.”
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