Barrington legislators announce recreation grant for Walker Farm shoreline improvements
STATE HOUSE – Barrington legislators Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne, Rep. Jason Knight and Rep. Liana Cassar today announced that the Department of Environmental Management has awarded Barrington a $230,745 matching grant for shoreline improvements at Walker Farm, the kayak and rowing launch area on the Barrington River.
“We are so fortunate to have a beautiful place like Walker Farm here in town where the community can go anytime to enjoy our pristine waterways. This funding will help make an incredible resource even more useful and accessible, and will encourage people to get outdoors and on the water for some healthy, refreshing recreation,” said Senator Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence).
The grant will be used to expand the gravel parking lot, build a new accessible walkway to a new boat launch, build a new floating dock and platform and improve shoreline access for kayaks and rowers. Additionally, it will provide for benches, educational signs and plantings.
“We know that as the weather gets warmer, kayaking and canoeing will be especially popular as people look for safe ways to get out and spend time together. They’re naturally social distanced activities, and getting out on the water has the calming effect we could all use after the weeks of isolation we’ve been experiencing. These improvements to water access will no doubt be put to good use,” said Representative Cassar (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence).
Said Representative Knight (D-Dist. 67, Barrington, Warren), “The improvements at Walker Farm will make it even easier for more people to try out paddling and rowing, with boats you can rent nearby. This investment is one more way to encourage people to be active and to get outside and enjoy fresh air and our beautiful environment.”
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903