Public Access

Public Access

A Save The Bay 50th Anniversary Campaign priority

GOAL: $0.6 million
PURPOSE: Expand visitor capacity and reduce carbon footprint

When we opened our award-winning Bay Center in 2005, a former city landfill was transformed into a new public window on the Bay. We host thousands of visitors, from students and campers to fishermen and community groups, every year. The only thing missing is a public pier.

Our vision has always to been to construct a public pier to support boating, fishing and kayaking. To fulfill this vision, Save The Bay is creating a Public Access Fund, which will fund capital investments at Fields Point, including:

  • A new public pier to accommodate fishing, boating and kayaking.
  • Improved and expanded parking areas, including new surfaces and lighting, to increase parking capacity and safety and to improve the visitor experience.
  • Additional solar panels to increase renewable energy production and reduce the carbon footprint of the Bay Center.

About Save The Bay’s 50th Anniversary Campaign

Our comprehensive 50th Anniversary Campaign will position Save The Bay to lead the continued cleanup of Narragansett Bay into the next half-century. The campaign is built around four core elements, each one designed to strengthen our capacity, flexibility and financial foundation to persevere in combating emerging environmental threats and sustain our strategic commitment to future generations:

Learn about the Campaign


*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.


July 11, 2021

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

At this time, Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence and Westerly remain closed to the public in response to COVID-19.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport reopened Monday, July 5, with new hours and visiting procedures in place.

Save The Bay is offering volunteer and internship opportunities with new policies and procedures for the health and safety of all involved.

Our staff continues to protect and improve Narragansett Bay, working both remotely and on-site. If you have any questions, you can contact us by phone (401-272-3540) or email (, or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.