Former glory restored

Johnston Sun Rise ·

An iconic archway to the past and future has finally been restored to its full glory. For decades, the 60-foot-tall Rocky Point Arch has stood as a proud sentinel overlooking Narragansett Bay. One of 11 General Foods “Peace Through Understanding” archways that once graced the grounds of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, it is now one of only four that are known to exist. While it’s unclear exactly when the arch was brought to the former amusement park, it was used as an entranceway and a gathering spot for generations of families and friends. When the park closed in the mid 1990s, the arch remained behind, left to slowly decay from weather, salt air, and vandals. Time had not been kind, and the once gleaming structure slowly turned brown and black with rust. But thanks to efforts by the Rocky Point Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and the City of Warwick, the recently repainted and fully restored arch now shines like never before. At press conference was held Monday to celebrate the $5,200 project, which was funded through the foundation’s Centennial Community Grants program. (Text by Tim Forsberg/Sun Rise photo)


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