Warwick, with an estimated population of 87,233 (2005), is the second largest city in Rhode Island. Founded in 1642 by Samuel Gorton, the city has witnessed many major events in the founding of the United States. Obtained by questionable practices and agreements from a Narragansett Indian Chief, and known as "The Shawhomett Purchase," the area soon became a strategic area for the American Revolution. It was the site of the first shot fired during the fight for independence from England.
Warwick is home to Rhode Island's main airport, T. F. Green Airport, serving the greater Providence area and also is the site for overflow traffic from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Although the facility provides a portion of economic stability for the area, it is also a source of debate, as it expands and encroaches on the neighboring residential areas.
The City of Warwick provides a wide range of facilities for both recreation and athletics. From skating and swimming, to dog shows and quilting, there is something for everyone. For avid and inexperienced swimmers alike the McDermott Aquatic Center offers excellent facilities and classes for all ages. Other attractions in the area include the Thayer and Warburton Ice Arenas, Warwick City Park, Conimicut Point Park, Apponaug Park, and Pawtuxet Park. The area offers a wide variety of shopping plazas and malls, along with unique independent shops featuring local art and crafts. With 39 miles of coastline and beautiful views, even doing nothing is an enriching experience in Warwick.