Park at Police Cove in Barrington needs a name


Town officials have decided that the new park at Police Cove will have a new boat ramp, a transient boat dock, new bike racks and a renovated parking area. What officials haven’t decided is what they will call the new park.

That’s where you come in.

Members of the Police Cove Committee are asking the public to submit name suggestions for the new park, which will be constructed this summer.

Submissions are due by May 15. They can be e-mailed to the town planner, Phil Hervey, at, or dropped off at Barrington Town Hall—attention Phil Hervey, Town Planner.

The one-acre parcel, which is located at the western approach of the Barrington River Bridge, will be totally renovated and have parking for vehicles, bicycles and boats. It will also have green space, electrical hook ups for food vendors, a new boat ramp and transient boat dock. There will be limited boat trailer parking available as well.

Officials believe the new park could become home to festivals, art shows, community events and more in addition to other passive and active uses.

The town-owned waterfront property was the former location of the Barrington Police Department. The building, a former trolley car electric station, was demolished in 2001 after voter approval deemed the building too costly to renovate. The police moved to their current location on Federal Road in 1999.

The site has remained undeveloped and was used as a staging area for the RIDOT (Rhode Island Department of Transportation) while the Barrington Bridge was under construction.

With the completion of the bridge last year, the Police Cove Park Committee began working on plans for the site and have finalized a plan that will offer an inviting public space that will draw visitors from the East Bay Bike Path, the Barrington River, and its location on County Road/Rt. 114.

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