On Monday, the City of Providence held a ceremony officially opening a new boat ramp at Gano Park, where East Transit Street meets the Seekonk River. This is the first public boat ramp in Providence and the only public canoe and kayak launch site along a 4.2 mile stretch of the river.
“The neighborhood’s access to the water has been restored,” said Councilman Seth Yurdin, who represents Ward One, where the boat ramp is located. “This is about more than just being able to spend a day on the water; it’s about improving quality of life and making this city a better place.”
“For years, the site of the new boat ramp was contaminated by illegal dumping,” explained Council President Michael A. Solomon. “Thanks to the efforts of the Department of Parks and Recreation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, DEM, and the residents of Fox Point, today this area has been rehabilitated, dangerous pollutants have been removed, and the new boat launch is ready for use.”
“With the opening of Providence’s first public boat ramp, more city residents and visitors can enjoy our waterways,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “It is important that urban residents have access to the water for safe and enjoyable opportunities for recreation here in the Ocean State.”
Council President Solomon and Councilman Yurdin were joined by Mayor Angel Taveras, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, DEM Director Janet Coit, Parks and Recreation Superintendent Robert McMahon, and Nora Hurley of the Fox Point Neighborhood Association. At the conclusion of the ceremony, canoes and kayaks were launched from the floating dock.