Launch Ramp Expanded, Then Vandalized, in Bristol, Rhode Island
September 7, 2010
The state launch ramp on Annawamscutt Drive in Bristol, Rhode Island, has been rebuilt and expanded, not to mention relocated slightly north of the old ramp. The approximately $1 million Mount Hope Boat Ramp Project replaced the old ramp with a 60-foot-wide concrete ramp and 2 floating courtesy docks. The new facility is also accessible to boaters with disabilities.
A dredged channel from the ramp into deep water will accommodate larger boats. This new ramp is the only public boat ramp of its size in the Rhode Island portion of Mount Hope Bay.
The $998,000 project was funded by the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration fund through a tax on boat fuel.
In a related and sadder note, EastBayRI.com reported that much of the new grassy medians of the ramp were torn up by a vehicle on August 24. Several of the medians in the parking areas and the grass buffers along the edges of the property had deep ruts gouged out. A driver had ignored the route in and out of parking areas and driven over the small medians right alongside, leaving long, muddy tire tracks all over the lots.