MADISON GETS GRANT MONEY FOR BOULDER

by Christian Mower on July 17, 2012

A GROUP OF PEOPLE WANTS TO MAKE A UNIQUE BOULDER IN MADISON MORE ATTRACTIVE FOR VISITORS – AND IT WILL USE SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GRANT MONEY TO DO IT.

BRIAN FOWLER HEADS THE MADISON BOULDER ADVISORY COMMISSION – HE SAYS THE BOULDER – AND THE PARK – OFFICIALLY CALLED THE MADISON BOULDER GEOLOGICAL WAYSIDE PARK – LOCATED OFF ROUTE 113 – HAS BEEN AWARDED $4,500 IN A BASIC IMPROVEMENT GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION.

FOWLER SAYS THE FIRST PROJECT WILL BE TO FIX THE POT HOLES IN THE ROAD. THEN, INFORMATIONAL KIOSKS WILL BE PUT UP TO ENHANCE THE VISITING EXPERIENCE.

WALKING TRAILS, HANDICAPPED ACCESS AREAS AND SECURITY WILL ALSO BE IMPROVED.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE VISIT THE BOULDER EVERY YEAR.

MADE OF CONWAY GRANITE, IT IS ESTIMATED THE MADISON BOULDER WEIGHS NEARLY 12 MILLION POUNDS. IT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK – THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION SAYS IT IS THE LARGEST KNOWN GLACIAL “ERRATIC” IN NORTH AMERICA.

AN “ERRATIC” IS A GLACIAL BOULDER THAT SITS ON BEDROCK OF A DIFFERENT TYPE. IN THIS CASE THE BOULDER IS MADE OF CONWAY GRANITE AND IT SITS ON CONCORD GRANITE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOULDER, CALL FOWLER AT (603) 367-1041 OR SEE THE WEBSITE OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DIVISION OF PARKS AND LANDS.