Between the modifications that Intamin made to the ride while it was at Marriot’s Great America, and the additional safety retrofits Rocky Point Park added in 1988, chances of a major accident on the Freefall were slim to none. The Freefall retained its popularity into the 1990s, and no matter where you were at Rocky… Continue reading Falling for the Rocky Point Park Freefall (Part II)
“And I just have to say that I’m pleased to visit the Rocky Point Palladium. Hey, listen, this is the first time I’ve been to an amusement park in years. In fact, I wanted to check out the Corkscrew, but the Secret Service guys wouldn’t let me do it.” President George Bush at a Fundraising… Continue reading The year Rocky Point Park put a *cork* in it! (Part III)
You could have fond memories of Rocky Point and Crescent Park. You may want to learn about former Rhode Island amusement parks you never knew existed. Or you may have been born before all these parks closed, and you want to see what you missed. Whatever ride you want to take, the Rhode Island Historical… Continue reading Two events for (all) the ages!
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 Comet, the Wildcat and the Flying Turns all have in common? All met their fate to the September 21, 1938 hurricane that crippled New England. … Continue reading Blown Away!
In the much-publicized 1964/65 New York World’s Fair that featured must-see attractions such as It’s A Small World, Michelangelo’s Pieta, Sinclair Dinoland, the Swiss Sky Ride, and Disney’s Magic Skyway, the fair’s 11 General Foods “Peace Through Understanding” archways weren’t ultimate destinations for fair-goers. However, they did serve a purpose for families and large groups who went… Continue reading Rocky Point’s *Peace* of History
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)
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… Continue reading Rocky Point State Park in 2017: Some things never change!
It was here in 1931. Gone ten years later! Rocky Point’s Flying Turns coaster was by all accounts a thrilling experience. But the thrills were cut short by the hurricane of September 21, 1938; a storm that destroyed most of the park’s attractions. For those who don’t know what a Flying Turns is, let me… Continue reading Short Turns at Rocky Point Park
Well, I’m three days late on the anniversary wishes. But what’s a few days for a park that started in 1847? So about three years ago today, Rocky Point State Park opened to the public. Like today, October 25, 2014 was a gorgeous Fall day. Rather than rehash it all, I’ll share some photos… Continue reading Happy third anniversary, Rocky Point State Park