Who we are and how to reach us

The Rocky Point Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit advocacy organization, was established in 2009 to help preserve and protect the natural and historic heritage and environment of the land formerly occupied by the Rocky Point Amusement Park on the west shore of Narragansett Bay in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Foundation advocates and supports the public access and enjoyment of this scenic treasure by working with public officials and others, engaging with neighbors and the public, and raising funds for the property’s preservation and maintenance.

Founders and officers

John Howell, Chairman and President. A Warwick resident, John is president of Beacon Communications that publishes the Warwick Beacon, Cranston Herald and Johnston Sun Rise and co-publisher of East Side Monthly, Providence Monthly, SO Rhode Island and The Bay. John remembers Rocky Point from covering all the events that happened at the Palladium, from City Council inaugural ceremonies to rallies for Senator John Chafee. Rocky Point was also the place where his kids found summer jobs waiting tables in the Shore Dinner Hall and washing dishes. John is a founder and president of the RI Academic Decathlon and a board member of the Central RI Chamber of Commerce, RI Student Loan Authority, RI Higher Education Assistance Authority, CCRI Foundation, RI Mentoring Partnership and Bridgemark.

Kevin J. McDonough, Vice Chairman and Vice President. A graduate of Georgetown University, Kevin is a business executive who lives in East Greenwich with his wife. He serves on the boards of the RI Land Trust Council, the South Kingstown Land Trust and the Transportation Club of Rhode Island. Kevin remembers refreshing summer days in the saltwater swimming pool with its three tiered diving platform. His favorite ride in the park was the Skyliner for the breathtaking views of the bay from the top of the cliff. It is that scenic vista that Kevin wants to see preserved for all future generations to enjoy.

Mark Garrison, Director and Secretary, is a blueberry farmer in Warwick. He is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, retired research director at Brown University, and member emeritus of the board of the Watson Institute at Brown University. He was a cofounder of Citizens for a Public Rocky Point, created in 2001 to advocate public ownership and access to the Rocky Point property. Rhode Islanders for 28 years, Betty and Mark appreciated the amusement park at Rocky Point because it was a draw for their grandchildren to visit each summer while it operated.

Jane Kenney Austin, Director, lives in Warwick with her husband, Greg. She remembers a fun family visit to Rocky Point Amusement Park with children in tow to celebrate her son’s birthday just before it closed. She is a senior policy analyst with Save The Bay. Her elected and volunteer leadership roles have included the Warwick School Committee and the Board of Common Cause RI. She has worked as a teaching associate at Brown in the Political Science Department and as an international banking officer with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh and London. Jane has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton, and masters degrees from Harvard (MBA) and Brown (Political Science).

George W. Shuster, Jr., pro bono Legal Counsel to the Foundation, is a partner at the law firm WilmerHale in its Boston and New York offices. George and his wife Stephanie have lived in Warwick nearly all their lives (they remember seeing each other on the Midway when in junior high school) and are currently raising their two young daughters in the Riverview neighborhood, about a mile and a half north of Rocky Point. George graduated valedictorian from Pilgrim High School in 1993 and continued his education at Columbia College in New York City and the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville. He is a member of the Riverview Improvement Association and the Buckeye Brook Coalition and enjoys kayaking and collecting sea glass along the Rocky Point shoreline.

Clifford J. Deck, CPA, CFP, PFS, Treasurer, is president and owner of Clifford J. Deck, CPA, Inc., Cranston, RI 2920 since 1983. He has been in the accounting field for 34 years. He a licensed CPA as well as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS).

To contact us:
By mail or phone:

c/o Warwick Communications, 1944 Warwick Avenue, Warwick RI 02889
Phone 401 732-3100


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