Mayor Scott Avedisian, Ward 5 City Councilman John DelGiudice, local developer Hugh Fisher and officials from the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will lead a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday to mark the opening of the Meadowview Avenue walking and bike path.
The 10-foot-wide, 400-yard path on Meadowview Avenue, known as the Rocky Point Extension, will connect the park property to Warwick Neck, enable walkers and cyclists to avoid busy Warwick Neck Avenue and provide for better access to the Highland Beach side of the property.
Meadowview Avenue, long closed to traffic, once served as part of the historic trolley line that connected Rocky Point to Providence and Warwick’s Oakland Beach and Buttonwoods neighborhoods.
At Avedisian’s request, DEM authorized the city to use approximately $30,000 in funds remaining from a $140,000 grant awarded the city to make improvements at its mile of shoreline property at the former amusement park. Additional funding came from an allocation from the city’s Fees in Lieu of Open Space account. Fisher supported the project by donating six lots located along the southern side of Meadowview Avenue. Construction of the path and other improvements, including landscaping, were completed by the city’s Department of Public Works.
Improving neighborhood and citywide pedestrian connections is a key objective of the update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan (www.warwickcompplan.com). This public/private partnership will restore a historical connection, enhance access to Rocky Point Park and serve as a model for future city connectivity projects.
DelGiudice, whose ward encompasses the neighborhood, had been working with the Planning Department and residents of Ward 5 to develop and implement the idea of public access on the avenue.