The Rocky Point Foundation will hold a public forum tonight, Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston to discuss ideas for the former amusement park.
Suggestions on how the park should be developed are already filtering in to the Department of Environmental Management and the Foundation. Proposals have included a fishing pier and ferry dock, restaurant and facilities that could accommodate wedding parties, walking paths and picnic areas and bringing back some of the rides that were the park's signature for more than 100 years.
Providence planning consultants Veri/Waterman will facilitate tonight’s forum. Following a brief presentation on the history of the park and park development in other parts of the country and world, those attending will be asked to break into groups of eight and 10 to explore concepts and ideas. Those proposals will then be collected and shared with the entire group. Veri/Waterman will prepare a report to be shared with the state and disseminated publicly.
The Foundation is also looking to solicit ideas through its website, getthepoint.org, and with an online survey, which has yet to be finalized.
“We're looking to make this fun and exciting,” said Foundation president John Howell in a statement.
Tickets recovered from the former park that have been made into key chains will be given to all attending and then used in a raffle for mugs and other items.
“So many have so many fond memories of Rocky Point,” said Howell. “What the Foundation hopes to do is to get people thinking about what the park can be so good times will be enjoyed by generations to come.”