Would you believe that this Cranstonian had never been to Conimicut Point Park?
That’s OK with Warwick residents who enjoy their own little piece of heaven while most Rhode Islanders rush off to crowded South County.
Located off West Shore Road, the park and beach are at the end of Shawomet Road, which follows the shore, with a mixture of summer cottages and beautiful newer homes.
Sunbathing, swimming and fishing were the popular activities on a sunny weekday afternoon. I sat on one of many benches, looking out at the historic Conimicut Lighthouse, with a clear view of the Providence skyline and wind turbines.
Kids were playing on the sandbar and at the playgrounds, while parents watched the tide coming in.
I was confused by one sign that said “swim at your own risk” and a sign beneath it that said “no swimming.”
Warwick is blessed with a long shoreline and many accesses to it. Social distancing is easy to maintain in the large park.
Portajohns are available, but I didn’t spot a Del’s truck.
Confreda Fields path
A short distance down West Shore Road, turn left on Church Street to Bend Street to Confreda Fields Park, home to a large sporting complex houses baseball and soccer fields.
A nearly mile-long macadam path circles the complex, surrounded by trees and bushes.
The path is only partially shaded, so wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, and enjoy the leisurely walk and the many birds, squirrels and rabbits you will meet along the way.
Park benches and picnic tables are available along the way.
Unfortunately, the sets of bleachers are empty, the restrooms are closed, and no one is running the bases or kicking a ball towards the goals.
The former farmland has been well maintained and is free of trash.
On a quiet weekday afternoon, I encountered a few walkers, a cyclist and a dog walker, having no trouble social distancing.