On July 1, 2020, the Board of Directors for the Masonic Youth Foundation held an emergency board meeting to discuss the opening of the pool this coming season. After much discussion and debate on the issue with the Covid-19 pandemic and the response to the pandemic by State Government making up much of the discussion. The board made the very difficult decision to keep the pool closed for the 2020 season. This decision was not taken lightly and is fully supported by the Grand Master of Masons in Rhode Island, M.W. Gary S. Kaufman and the Potentate of the Rhode Island Shriners, Ill. Alan J. Kinsley.

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About The Park

Buttonwood Masonic Youth CenterThe Masonic Youth Center is a private park that operates on charitable donations

Welcome to the out-of-doors and a piece of “Nature’s Beauty”. The Masonic Youth Foundation Inc. Youth Center at Buttonwoods is a 70-acre site located on the waters of Narragansett Bay. It is ideal for picnics, outings and get-togethers. The Center is available during the summer months to all Masonic Groups, responsible community groups, Masonic Families, civic organizations, etc. We have shaded picnic groves, picnic tables, charcoal cookers, a covered pavilion as well as 2 softball fields, horseshoe pits, shuffle board , basketball, tennis and beach volleyball courts, playground, 2 inground swimming pools 1 -40X80 and 1 20X20 kiddie wading pool. certified lifeguards are on duty when pool is open. A snack bar is on site serving hot dogs, hamburgers, Ice cream, candy and drinks.

The park has been open since the 1950's. It is owned by the RI Grand Lodge of Masons and the RI Shriners. The RI Masonic Youth Foundation Inc. is the managing body of the center, they are responsible for the upkeep and usage of the facility.