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video: Rocky Point Signs a Truly Collaborative Effort: Guest MINDSETTER™ LaCross

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


As an event volunteer at Rocky Point State Park and as a producer of a video series there, I believe the Leadership Rhode Island signs unveiled on Friday are an amazing addition to the park.  

The signs will educate park visitors as to the location and description of the former amusement park's attraction. I am so proud to have been entrusted with some fact-checking, knowing the importance of these signs; beacons that will serve as sources of information for generations of park patrons to come. Attractions such as the Skyliner and the House of Horrors are long gone. But the new signs will return fond memories.  

Made Possible By Many

With Friday's dedication ceremony of the informational signs at the park, I wanted to express how honored I was to have been selected as one of six First Reviewers for the sign content.  It was a privilege to have worked with Dawn Lewis of Leadership Rhode Island, and to have provided proofing, content and photos for some of the signs as did my fellow reviewers. I eagerly looked forward to my emails from Dawn with newly revised pdf proofs during the process. I would also like to thank Anita Cerri Ferla for allowing use of some of her photo collection.  When the proofing process was completed, Leadership's Class of 2016 did an outstanding job composing their signs!

Every member of the First Reviewers brought their own area of Rocky Point Park expertise to the table during the review process: from pro baseball in the park, to the entrance arch that came from the 1964/65 New York World's Fair.  In addition to myself the Reviewers were:

Jason Mayoh, Director of the documentary, "Tales of Rocky Point Park"

Dan Gaegan, City of Warwick

Lisa Primiano and Felicia Celeberto, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Tim Forsberg, Beacon Communications

The Leadership Rhode Island signs are the most recent of many enhancements to Rocky Point State Park.  There are more on the horizon, and it is my hope that someday, a Rocky Point museum will be built on park grounds, featuring exhibits tracing the park's history back to its 1847 origin.  

Like the park's former Cyclone roller coaster climbing the lift hill, Rocky Point State Park has no place to go but up! 

Guest MINDSETTER™ George LaCross


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