Narragansett is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 15,420 at the 2010 census, but there is a greater population in the summer. The nickname for the town is "Gansett". The town of Narragansett occupies a narrow strip of land running along the eastern bank of the Pettaquamscutt River to the shore of Narragansett Bay. It was separated from South Kingstown in 1888, and incorporated as a town in 1901. For geographic and demographic information on the village of Narragansett Pier, which is part of Narragansett, see the article Narragansett Pier.
Narragansett Pier Middle School:
Narragansett operates its own Pre-K through 12 educational system with three schools: Narragansett Elementary School, Narragansett Pier Middle School, and Narragansett High School. The Narragansett High School principal, Mr. Daniel F. Warner, was voted the 2008 Principal of the Year. The South County Museum is located within the town. The Narragansett Bay Campus of the University of Rhode Island is located in Narragansett.
Narragansett is known for its summer recreation and beaches. Fishermen's Memorial State Park, located near Galilee, contains a former military fort and a campground.
Three beaches in Narragansett that are most famous are:
Narragansett Town Beach is located in the center of Narragansett, though it charges a fee—whereas other local (state funded), beaches charge for parking only. Unlike state funded beaches, it is self sustaining and is not supported by the tax payers' money. There is a $10.00 charge to park ($15.00 on the weekends/holidays) and a daily $6.00 admission fee to enter onto the beach.
Scarborough State Beach: The Scarborough Beach Complex comprises two separate areas, the North and South. Each has a pavilion, showers, 75 picnic tables, boardwalk and observation tower. There is a small fee for parking if a spot on nearby streets can not be found. Parking on nearby streets can result in vehicles being towed (especially during the summer months). This beach sits next to a local sewage treatment plant.
Roger Wheeler State Beach and Salty Brine State Beach are both located in Point Judith, which is the southern most point of Narragansett. Both beaches are protected by the breakwater that protects the port of Galilee. A new pavilion is set to open in Summer 2010 with a nominal parking fee.
National Register of Historic Places:
Thirteen different buildings and districts in Narragansett are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: