Another abandoned Park

Monday, May 23, 2005 9:29 PM
This time the park is located in Warwick Rhoad Island
You can see current photos of the park here.

I checked RCDB but they didn't have much info on the park. Dosen't look like it was ever that big but its always sad to see a park die.

Monday, May 23, 2005 10:24 PM
"This path is disgusting"
Monday, May 23, 2005 11:36 PM
I wonder how long ago this park closed down. It does not look like it has been closed down for more than 20 years or so.

The dark ride looks like it is still ready to go.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:07 AM
According to RCDB, the park closed in 1995 so only 10 years.

The place looks like crap with the typical vandals running wild with graffiti, etc.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 1:46 AM
^^ yeah, with some added "natural" self-decomposing scare :)

Nice pics... of course, there's nothing like a lost roller coaster in the mist, but the dusk and the autumny atmosphere on these pics are really cool... great melancholia. Rotting amusement parks are just such a metaphor.

Thanks for the link!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 8:22 AM
I have some old photos of the wooden Wildcat coaster and the Flying Turns from Rocky Point in the late 1920's. The Wildcat was destroyed by the great hurricane of 1938. There are other sites out there showing some great photos. I had this one bookmarked that tells a little of the parks history with photos:

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:07 AM
Too bad... looks like it was a nice little park.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:27 AM
It had a great location too! It's a shame it closed down. What's the status of the property now? Are the houses/condos being built?
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:24 PM
Is the free fall (seen in the pics) the same drop ride that is now at geauga lake?

Unfortunatly, it looks as if the park will become homes/ condos. With all the hurricanes in that area, I would not want to own a home at the former park.

What a shame........I would love to see this park come back to life.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 2:07 PM
Yes, Geauga Lake's Free Fall came from Rocky Point. Rocky Point bought it from SFGAm.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:50 PM
Thank you.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 12:35 AM
I'm trying to figure out what the large white arch is. Does anyone know?
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 1:20 AM
There *must* have been some coasters at the park in between 1938 and 1984, no?

Just thinking of a Schmeck Wildcat AND a Bartlett Flying Turns, in their primes....yummy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 9:53 PM

Jeffrey Seifert said:
Yes, Geauga Lake's Free Fall came from Rocky Point. Rocky Point bought it from SFGAm.

interesting. I always thought that they moved the Edge to GL after the accident occured because GL was once SFWOA. I never knew that it was given to Rocky Point first

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 10:44 PM
This park is across the bay from me and I wish it would reopen, this state has NO PARKS AT ALL, the last one, some small kiddie park recently closed, now RI has nothing.
Thursday, May 26, 2005 3:50 AM
There is nothing mroe depressing than pics of a closed park, except maybe knowing that condos or some ritzy development will consume the space. Take Rocky Glen Park there is an ultra rich development with adjoining golf course overlooking a fave hangout of mine until I turned 12. The lake is beatuiful. Fortunately, there were 2 unclaimed bodies buried on the property in the '40's (creepy but beneficial) Anyways, for that reason, there will be no housing. There is a committee trying to turn it into a state park. Although there will be no rides, it may return to its origianl existance. That is way better than some mansion display.
Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:10 AM
I am also still wondering what the big arch is. Anybody?
Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:38 AM
The big arch probably held a sign of some type.

Here's a few more pics:

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Thursday, May 26, 2005 8:38 PM

MikeMir87 said:
This park is across the bay from me and I wish it would reopen, this state has NO PARKS AT ALL, the last one, some small kiddie park recently closed, now RI has nothing.

Rhode Island once had some great amusement parks with some great looking coasters. I have a book titled "Rhode Island Amusement Parks" from the American Century Series.

Aquidneck Island Park had a large wooden coaster named The Bullet. The book shows a great aerial photo. Destroyed by the 1938 hurricane.

Newport Beach, RI had a beautiful Fred Church woodie with swooping turns at both ends. The book has shows an aerial photo of this coaster too. And this one was also destroyed by the 1938 hurricane.

There was also Crescent Park, home of the large Zephyr coaster (aka Comet) which opened in 1939 after the previous coaster got blown down in the 1938 hurricane. The book shows the original coaster laying on it's side the day after the storm.

That same hurricane destroyed quite a few coasters in New England including the Savin Rock Thunderbolt, a true masterpiece.

The book also mentions lesser known Rhode Island parks such as Vanity Fair, Oakland Beach and Boyden Heights.

So, to sum this up. For such a small state, Rhode Island has a very rich history of amusement parks which had some of the best coasters in existence. It's a shame they no longer have a single park. Hopefully that will change one day soon....


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