Save The Gateway to Walpole

$283,797 of $280,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 2 months
Created October 24, 2018
Alejandra Pallais
on behalf of Ray Boas

We are so close to reaching our goal! But, we have not reached it yet. This is when we need folks to step up and make a donation. Every dollar counts as we near the finish line. Please make a donation today. Together we can protect this parcel of land forever! 

At the "Gateway" of the Town of Walpole, this 10-acre parcel was recently under imminent threat from gas station development. We now have the opportunity to purchase this land for the Town and put these zoning battles behind us for good.

The Walker Road Conservation Project is "the Gateway" to our village. This land welcomes residents and visitors to Walpole. Providing direct access to the Connecticut River, this land has 10 acres of opportunities for nature trails, recreation, and relaxation. Protecting this land also preserves Walpole's natural resources with acreage for farming and a high yielding aquifer for the town's future water supply.

The purchase and conservation of this land will lead to the protection of:
-  undeveloped and unprotected high priority water supply lands,
-  prime agricultural soils and farmland,
-  ecologically significant land,
-  scenic area,
-  recreation land, and
-  habitat for riparian species.

This one piece of land represents all these values. By purchasing this property now, we are claiming that these are the values we as Walpole residents believe in and uphold.

With your help, this will be everyone's land. Together, we can protect and conserve this beautiful, riverfront property for everyone's enjoyment. We need $280,000 to protect this property forever.

WE CAN DO IT...by coming together for our town, our neighbors, our children and our grandchildren.

We are so close! Every dollar counts and is tax deductible. Let's make this happen. Donate today!

Donations can also be made by check, made payable to "Walker Road Conservation" and dropped off at the Selectboard Office at the Town Hall, or mailed to the Town of Walpole, PO Box 729, Walpole, NH 03608-0729. These funds are being kept separate from other Town funds. All donations are fully tax deductible.

Please make a gift today!

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Update 3
Posted by Alejandra Pallais
1 month ago
The Walpole Conservation Commission voted to contribute up to $100,000 in support of Walker Road Conservation Project! This is such great news. With this gift, we are so close to reaching our goal.

This momentum has encouraged other Walpole residents to step up. Another donor has offered up a $5,000 matching gift. This means they will match every dollar donated online - dollar for dollar up to $5,000.

If you haven't made a gift yet, please do so today. It'll go twice as far. It will make a difference as we are so close to reaching our goal.

Every gift counts - $25, $50 or more. If everyone contributes, we will reach our goal before year's end.

If you've already made a gift, please share this post or the GoFundMe link to your social media page. Encourage family and friends to make a gift today.

Together we can protect the "Gateway To Walpole" for future generations.

Remember: all gifts are tax deductible. If you make a gift before Dec. 31st, it'll count for the 2018 taxes.
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Update 2
Posted by Alejandra Pallais
1 month ago
We want everyone who makes a donation to feel confident about how their money is being used for the purchase of this property. Below are a few clarifications:

1) Why does the GoFundMe Campaign say on behalf of Ray Boas?

Ray Boas has been involved with the Walker Road Conservation project since its inception April, 2018: First by bringing awareness to the community in his newspaper THE WALPOLE CLARION, and next in securing a purchase and sales agreement for the project's property with Dr. Charles Shaw with the proviso that the property would be transferred to the Town of Walpole. As a working committee was established, Ray Boas assumed the position of liaison with the Town of Walpole Selectboard. Selectboard minutes of November 11, 2018 approved the establishment of the GoFundMe campaign to supplement check donations delivered to the town.

Funds donated via GoFundMe are transferred to an account for the sole purpose of receiving online gifts. Those online donations will remain in that account until closing of the project. At that time, per the Town Treasurer (as indicated in the Selectboard minutes) a bank check for the funds collected will be drawn payable to Walker Road Conservation, the separate Town account established for that purpose, and delivered to the Town.

Ray Boas will work with Town of Walpole staff to ensure that all online donors receive a tax-exempt letter from the Town.

2) What will the property be used for?

All funds being raised from this campaign will go towards the purchase of the property from D&C Transportation. The property will be transferred to the Town of Walpole with oversight by the Walpole Conservation Commission. No property taxes are being used to purchase the property.

The aim is to protect this property from future commercial development and to conserve this property, in accordance with the Town’s Master Plan, for future generations. Looking ahead, there is potential for recreational and agricultural uses, as well as a future water supply. Once the property is purchased, the Walpole Conservation Commission looks forward to engaging with town residents to determine the best use for the property. They encourage input and ideas.

More complete details about the Walker Road Conservation Project can be found on The Walpole Clarion website, https://thewalpoleclarion.com/. Please stay tuned to the Clarion for future updates.
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Update 1
Posted by Alejandra Pallais
2 months ago
Hi all,

A generous Walpole resident has put up $5,000 as a challenge and matching gift. Any donation made before Thanksgiving will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000.

Your donation will go twice as far! Thank you for your donation so far.

Please share the link to the GoFundMe site with your Facebook friends and via other social media channels to encourage others to donate and take advantage of this matching gift.
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Raised by 56 people in 2 months
Created October 24, 2018
Alejandra Pallais
on behalf of Ray Boas
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