Ninigret Park (Town)
Owned by the Town of Charlestown since 1979, the land was formerly part of the Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field and was then proposed as the site of a Nuclear Power Plant before the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA) transferred the property to the town in two pieces. One 175 acre parcel went to the Town as a gift, and the other 55 acre parcel was purchased from GSA. GSA made transfer of lands to the Town subject to an obligation that subsequent uses on Town property be consistent with management of the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, which the Town park is contiguous with.
The park has many active recreation facilities such as a children’s playground, ball fields, bicycle course, tennis and basketball courts, a freshwater swimming pond, and more. You can walk and bike on roads, the old airstrips, and some natural trails.
The park enjoys the darkest skies in Rhode Island and much of the eastern seaboard, and is home to the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory where the public is invited to see the stars and planets with telescopes every Friday night.