Rocky Point State Park in 2017: Some things never change!

Looking back at this year’s events held at Rocky Point State Park, they created a striking similarity to decades earlier when the land hosted an amusement park.

Take for instance the Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) First Day Hike held on January 1st.  Hundreds of people walked through the park, many exploring it for the first time.


This is reminiscent of the mid to late 1800s when groups used to explore the natural wonders of Rocky Point, including the caves seen here.


The three Movies In The Park events, sponsored by the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, brought back the days when amusement park patrons would take in a movie on the midway…


RP Movies


…or just chill out on lawn with their families…




…or maybe ride in a House of Horrors car, just like the old days!


1963 Castle Car2


And speaking of families, the DEM’s Great Outdoors Pursuit on August 12th presented a wide variety of activities for them, including lawn games, guided tours, and a vintage baseball doubleheader featuring the local Providence Grays.




This harkened back to the days when professional baseball was actually played at Rocky Point. From 1891 to 1917, Rocky Point was the site of dozens of Sunday baseball games hosted by the Providence minor-league team, numerous exhibition games played by major-league teams, and one official National League game in 1903.


Baseball6And to further observe baseball at Rocky Point, here’s one of the many interpretive signs installed this year – work of a 2016 class of Leadership Rhode Island.


Two Food Trick Nights were held at the state park, rekindling memories of buying tasty treats on the midway!


Midway Crowd







And what midway would be complete without games?  Rocky Point had lots of them over the decades.


And on September 9th, BoldrDash brought some back, among the many obstacles for the race participants.

BolderdashBean Bags


While no 5K race is known to have wound through Rocky Point during its amusement park days, patrons certainly hurried to and from the rides and attractions.


So, on June 17th, the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Rocky Point 5k, giving runners and walkers the opportunity to pick up the pace once again.




So there you have it.  The more things change, the more they stay the same!  Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!


Photo credits:

Brian Couto

Anita Cerri Ferla

You Must Be This Tall

Robert N. Dennis Collection

George LaCross

Sean McCarthy

To see a video recap of Rocky Point State Park 2017, go here:

To see the beauty of the state park, check these out:



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