Ninigret Salt Pond


Was the Ninigret Pond area ever used for other military purposes?

During World War II, the area on the northern side of Ninigret Pond (just off US Route 1A) was developed as the Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Air Station. It consisted of runways, airplane hangars, and support buildings. The air station was used as a site for simulated carrier landings by naval trainees.

With the development of the area as a military base, many changes came to nearby town of Charlestown. The population increased as result of the new roads and improved highways that were constructed to access the air station. When the Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Air Station was no longer used, it was converted to Ninigret Park.