Following the devastation it suffered from the force of the September 1938 hurricane, Rocky Point Park needed some glimmer of hope if it were ever operate again. After nine years of uncertainty, it was announced that Frederick Hilton and Joseph Trillo planned to rebuild. Hilton eventually sold his share to Vincent Ferla, and one… Continue reading Rocky Point 1948: the park that Jack built
The hurricane of 1938 wiped out five of Rhode Island’s wooden roller coasters, eliminating the artistry of some of the world’s most prolific ride designers. What do the Bullet, the Boston bs, the Comet, the Wildcat and the Flying Turns all have in common? All met their fate to the September 21, 1938 hurricane that… Continue reading Blown Away!
With the closing of Crescent Park following the 1978 season, there were no takers for the Flying Fish. My visit to the abandoned and eroding park in April 1980 revealed a twisted pile of ruble with the fragmented catwalk and the severed list chain being the only recognizable remains, seen below. There were no signs… Continue reading The Cat/Fish of Rocky Point and Crescent Park (Part III)
If there were two roller coasters that captured the imagination of Rhode Islanders in the 1960s into the early 1970s, they were the Wildcat at Rocky Point Park in Warwick and the Flying Fish at Crescent Park in East Providence. Anybody who rode them has a story to tell. Although separated by Narragansett Bay,… Continue reading The Cat/Fish of Rocky Point and Crescent Park (Part I)
Out of every one of the four decades I visited Rocky Point Park, one trip always stands out; great memories that will never fade with time. So, of the pilgrimages I made to the park in the 1990s, one in June 1993 with my wife Elaine and our two nephews was my favorite — an… Continue reading Saying uncle at Rocky Point in 1993
One summer as a youngster, I recall taking about a 45-minute drive with my grandparents and seeing what appeared to be the ruins of a large wooden roller coaster. The land around it seemed to be abandoned, although there could have been an active go-kart track. The image stuck in my mind, but I never… Continue reading The “secret park” next door!