Camp Cronin, Providence’s beach camp in Narragansett uncertain future

Providence taxpayers own a desirable piece of property right by the ocean in Narragansett.

They just can’t use it.

For close to a decade, the city’s summer camp at the southern tip of Point Judith has been boarded up and closed to the public. And although Providence is now awash in $ 166 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, the city currently has no plans to use any of that money to reopen it, according to a spokesman for Mayor Jorge Elorza.

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A chain-link fence blocks off Camp Cronin in Narragansett, owned by the City of Providence.  Once a haven for city residents looking to beat the summer heat, the property has fallen into disrepair as officials debate its fate.

Public records show that Providence is currently paying $ 13,061 a year in taxes to the Town of Narragansett for the property, which is valued at $ 1,092,100.

“I would love to see the property rehabbed so that the residents of Providence can go back to enjoying day trips there,” said City Councilman Michael Correia, who pushed for years to reopen the seaside camp. “I do have to admit that it has fallen off the radar since the pandemic hit.”

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