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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 277-2771 TDD/(401)-222-4462
For Release: October 16, 1997
Contact: Robert Sutton 277-2776
Stephanie Powell 277-2771 ext. 4418
DEM, SCAT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE FISHING ACCESS PARKING AREA AT BLACK POINT
PROVIDENCE - The RI Department of Environmental Management and the Small Craft Access Trust (SCAT) Foundation, Inc. announced this morning the creation of a limited public fishing access parking area at Black Point in Narragansett.
The 44-acre Black Point area, with its 3,500 foot shoreline, is known as "one of the best fishing areas in Rhode Island," said Andrew McLeod, DEM Director. "However, access has always been difficult, because you have to walk a half-mile along the shore from Scarborough North State Beach."
The parking area, currently under construction off Ocean Road across from Rhode Island Avenue, was made possible through the interest and funding of the SCAT Foundation, according to McLeod.
Robert J. Gormley, managing director of SCAT, and Richard Nicolo, its director, approached DEM with the suggestion that the non-profit organization contribute funds for improved access to the Rhode Island shoreline. "DEM had been exploring the possibility of providing parking at Black Point, and local fishing organizations had also requested a parking area, but funding was not available," McLeod said.
"It's not often that private individuals and groups ask what they can do for their government agencies to ultimately benefit the public," McLeod said. "SCAT's initiative and generosity is a wonderful example of service to the public."
McLeod called working with SCAT a "model cooperative effort." DEM prepared the plans and specifications for the parking area, and SCAT hired the contractor, RI Green of North Kingstown, headed by Steve Campo, and is completing construction at its own expense.
The project, which should be completed by the end of next week, will provide parking for 20 cars, in a gravel area that absorbs rainwater, and will be surrounded by a wooden guardrail.
Several officials spoke at the 11 a.m. ceremony, including Narragansett Town Manager Maurice Loontjens, Joseph Mollica, past president of the Narragansett Pier Sports Fishing Association, Gormley, and McLeod.
McLeod presented a citation to Gormley from Governor Lincoln Almond praising SCAT for its "dedication to providing and improving small craft access to Narragansett Bay" and for its "public service and generosity." Gormley was also presented a certificate from DEM expressing similar sentiments.
SCAT, a non-profit trust dedicating to providing and improving small craft access to Narragansett Bay, first helped DEM in completing renovation of Monahan's Dock in Narragansett. During the past year, the non-profit foundation has also contributed a total of more than $11,000 toward three pending DEM projects: construction of a new boat ramp off Main Street in Westerly, construction of a new boat ramp in Oakland Beach, Warwick, and upgrading the existing boat ramp at Bold Point, East Providence.