Rocky Mountain Park
Greenfield began acquiring land for Rocky Mountain Park as early as 1907 according to the deed listed book 528 beginning on page 302.
Rocky Mountain Park is five contiguous parcels that include hiking trails and the popular Poet’s Seat Tower. It is a unique forested ridge that separates the Connecticut River from Greenfield that stretches nearly two miles in a North- South fashion. Rocky Mountain Park is serviced by a small parking area at Mountain Road and Parkway Street. Parkway Street is a dead end, unimproved surface that provides auto access up the ridge to the Poets’ Seat Tower Area. Additional parking area exists at Poet’s seat tower but is only accessible via auto during the summer months.
The park has extreme potential to attract local residents and visitors alike. The park currently consists of 3 trails which are extensions of a local and regional trail network. The local trails connect a few of the existing parks including Abercrombie Field, Highland Park and Temple Woods designated by red, blue and yellow trail markers. The regional trail, The Pocumtuck, connects Greenfield to the Sugarloaf Mountains in South Deerfield and links with the Blue trail in the Rocky Mountain Park creating a regional link to the south.
The hiking trails should be clearly marked at the entrance point then reinforced with trail markers. The rocky Mountain Park should be linked physically and literally to the adjacent park properties including Highland Park, Temple Woods, and Beacon Field. Additional Properties such as Kells Farm, managed by the DCR and the conservation land to the north could also be linked.
Possible improvements to Rocky Mountain Park include updating and adding signage to the park entrance. The existing sign at the park could be a main kiosk that provides park orientation at the entrance and provide a holding place for paper hand held maps. The park could attract regional residents and visitors for its hiking and scenic appeal. Rocky Mountain Park could be an icon for Greenfield’s Park system by linking it to surrounding parks within walking distance and providing panorama’s of the town which might generate an economic increase in regional tourism.