A fundraising campaign has been started to help raise $100,000 to turn the old Rocky Point Amusement Park into a waterpark.
The group has created a campaign via Indiedgogo:
Remember Rocky Point Park?
From 1847 to 1996 Rhode Island had an amusement park to call its own… Rocky Point Park was a wonderful place that still holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the public here in New England. For more than 18 years that park has been gone, leaving the public of Rhode Island with nothing to do for summertime recreation.
In 2010 the people of Rhode Island voted to save the land at Rocky Point for future generations – unfortunately the cold truth was that this Vote was about saving the land, NOT about bringing the amusement park back.
Ultimately the park has become an “open space coastal park” with no attractions. It will never truly take the place of immersive and involved recreation that New Englanders desire.
NOW is the time for the people to speak up, to take action to build something we as a State can enjoy in this generation and for future generations to come. Our program is in place, the business plan is sound, now we need YOUR SUPPORT to make it a reality.
Where Will The Park Be?
Due to the resistance associated to our primary site in late 2014 we have had to explore many other locations at great cost. Most of you are familiar with the negative response to our original site in Johnston at 295.
It took us quite a bit of time but we have found two perfect sites and are working the details out with the City Administration before we make any announcements. We will make an announcement as soon as we are cleared to make the statement.
How many attractions?
The proposed water park will feature 12 slides including a children’s interactive area. The slides will all be of superior height and complexity compared to its competitors. The park will also include a 20,000 sq.ft. wave pool and a lazy river of at least 900′ x 16′ wide. Also featured at the park will be a 50′ diameter Children’s spray pad and a 60′ diameter Children’s interactive play unit with water cannons, slides, dump bucket and more…
The Local Impact
This WaterPark will attract about 100,000 visitors or more from MA into RI, who would not have any other reason to venture into RI. The RI economy will be stimulated by this new visitorship spending from MA., at local area RI businesses. Jobs will be created to build the park and jobs created to operate the park. Yes, we understand that these may not be year round jobs yet, but the long term plan is to make the water park a year round destination.
What We Need
We have already invested the funds for two feasibility studies, site plans, pro-formas, site development budgets and research & engineering. We have to raise funds to perform the same work over again; a new feasibility study and to create the proper business plan to attract the equity investors.
What we need are funds for legal work, accounting work, and general soft cost funding such as architecture, and engineering, since we have had to move the proposed park.
This is where you, the people of New England can make a difference and donate.
Our committed investors are firmly behind this plan and will not put their money in until the project is shovel ready. This means that we have to complete all the above mentioned work and be ready to start construction. We are closer than we have ever been, and want to continue this forward momentum to help bring the park to fruition.