World War II Veterans Memorial State Park

After the state began managing the park in the 1960s, a bathhouse and beach were installed. Later, under the direction of city planner, Robert L. Bendick, Jr. ( who went on to become the Director of the state Department of Environmental Management), a combination of state, Federal, and community agencies revamped the park with lawns and a fountain. Footpaths, playground equipment, tennis and volley ball courts were added. The former bathhouses and decks from the 1960s were replaced, and the park assumed its popular sobriquet, “Social Ocean.” In May of 1977, the present name of World War II Veterans Memorial State Park was dedicated.

In 1979, the first AutumnFest took place.  AutumnFest is a three day fair and community extravaganza anchored at the park, featuring food, exhibits, and entertainment, topped off by a giant parade. It is one of several signature community events for Woonsocket and all northern Rhode Island.

Location Information:

Social Street
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895

Mailing Address:

Lincoln Woods State Park
2 Manchester Print Works Road
Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865

Contact Information:

World War II State Park (seasonal)
(401) 762-9717

World War II Maintenance Shop
(401) 766-7321

Lincoln Woods State Park
(401) 723-7892
(401) 724-7951  [Fax]

Activities offered at this location:

Other Information:

View a history of World War II Memorial State Park

Facilities Include:

Shuffleboard Court

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