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The 60-foot-tall arch that has become symbolic of Rocky Point Park in Warwick is a memento from the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing, N.Y. It is unclear exactly when and how the arch got to Rocky Point.
What was clear is that the peeling and rusting structure needed a new paint job – and it got one thanks to our Centennial Community Grant to the Rocky Point Foundation.
It was unveiled yesterday by Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Congressman Jim Langevin, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and our Neil Steinberg, many of whom spoke of memories of the long-gone amusement park.
Also on hand for the public ceremony was John Howell of the Rocky Point Foundation and Larry Mouradjian from the RI Department of Environmental Management.
Howell sees the restoration of the arch as "representing not only a place, hopefully of peace, but a bright future … for future generations to enjoy this place."
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