100 Sand Hill Cove Road Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882Roger Wheeler State Beach webpage
The name change from Sand Hill Cove to Roger W. Wheeler State Beach happened on August 15, 1970. Captain Roger W. Wheeler (1907-1969) was the creator of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System. Without a cadre of lifeguards at the beaches, who promoted safe swimming practices, the public use of our coastal waters would have amounted to little more than an “attractive nuisance.” Trained, alert, and capable lifeguards have prevented many family tragedies over the years.
Between 1996 and 1997, a redesign and renovation of the beach facilities at Roger Wheeler produced a new pavilion, coin-operated hot showers, a playground, a concession building, a lifeguard tower, and an environmental educational area.
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