THE FITCHBURG "ROCK WALK"
A PROPOSAL BY PETER CAPODAGLI
|The Rollstone Boulder was part of Fitchburg's landscape for thousands of years before any settlers came to the region and in
more recent times it is well understood to be an iconic and identifying feature of our city. The small verse on the right, penned
by local resident Henry A. Goodrich in 1893, summarizes the sentiments and connection that Fitchburg's citizens had to the
Boulder at the turn of the century. One does not have to dig too deep to understand the historic connections and influence it
has had on the city's character, yet it remains today relatively unnoticed, under appreciated, and somewhat forgotten. I
believe the Boulder, Rollstone Hill, the quarries, and the connections associated with them, have the potential to draw
significant numbers of visitors to our downtown and can be a "destination" in their own right. We are simply not using them
to our advantage. With the proper promotion I believe they have the potential to be a contributing component to the economic
development of the city while adding a good degree of interest and uniqueness. It is with these thoughts in mind that I am
proposing the Fitchburg "Rock Walk".