Rocks Estate Expands Parking, Landscaping, Prepares For Christmas

Work Prompts Closure Of Rocks’ Trails Until Mid-September

The Rocks
Yellow caution tape on top of a photo of The Rocks illustrates the ongoing closure through September.

By Robert Blechl

BETHLEHEM — As it remakes The Rocks Estate into its northern headquarters, the Society For the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is expanding parking, completing landscaping, and preparing for a full Christmas tree season.

The new parking area will open up 96 new spaces, including accessible parking spaces, behind the Carriage Barn at the south side of the building.

The landscaping includes a three-tiered amphitheater at the site of the 2019 fire.

Both projects are now underway and are on track to be completed in the next two months.

“The big idea is to get all of this done before the cold weather comes and we’re ready to go for Christmas,” said Anne Truslow, vice-president of development for SPNHF.

The project was born of a vision to fully renovate the Carriage Barn following the February 2019 accidental fire that destroyed the Tool Building, the estate’s previous center of operations.