New dock is first step in revitalizing East Providence's Sabin Point
EAST PROVIDENCE — Considered to be the initial phase to reinvigorate Sabin Point Park in Riverside, officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, July 18, celebrating the installation of a new floating dock at the bay side site.
The 4.6 acre city park, located at the end of Shore Road is known for its great waterfront views and a range of activities such as a playground and fishing pier, has had a much-used amenity returned to it with the presence of a 16×20-foot dock.
"The residents down there have been lacking a lot of attention for a while," said City Councilman Tommy Rose, who along with fellow Councilor Tracy Capobianco spurred funding for the dock. "Bringing the dock starts to revitalize the entire area. It gives the people a place near the water they can enjoy. It took a long time, two years of getting the grants and staying on top of things, to get to where we are today. It's amazing the amount of effort it took for such a small thing."
In addition, a bench was dedicated in the memory of Steven and Christopher Grant, two young brothers who died in a tragic drowning accident off the Point in the mid 1970s.
East Providence Post and eastbayri.com staff photographer Richard W. Dionne Jr. compiled the following gallery of Friday's event.