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DEM to Host Guided Hike of Rocky Point on New Year’s Day

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is hosting a guided hike of Rocky Point State Park in Warwick on New Year’s Day. The two-mile tour is part of the sixth annual First Day Hikes event organized by the National Association of State Park Directors and will explore Rhode Island’s newest coastal state park. Guided tours will be held in all 50 U.S. states as part of this one-day event.

WHAT: Free guided nature tour of Rocky Point State Park

WHERE: Palmer Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island **participants should meet in the parking lot across from 415 Palmer Avenue

WHEN: Sunday, January 1, 2017 // 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Rhode Island is home to a wide array of historic parks, beaches, bikeways and other recreational facilities. Rocky Point, once a popular amusement park, is now a sprawling green space that looks out over Narragansett Bay. As part of the tour, participants will take in the sights along the Park’s coastal trail and learn about the history of the park.

According to the National Association of State Park Directors, over 55,000 people participated nationally in the First Day Hikes event on January 1, 2016. The local event, held at Blackstone Valley State Park, drew over 350 people. This year’s national tour schedule is available online at www.naspd.org. Tours are free and open to the public.

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and wear hiking boots. Parking is available across the street from 415 Palmer Avenue. All vehicles must be removed from the parking lot by 3 p.m. Registration is encouraged but not required. For more information or to register, contact Felicia Celeberto at Felicia.celeberto@dem.ri.gov.