Save The Gateway to Walpole
$283,797 of $280,000 goal
We did it! We reached our goal. The Town of Walpole - all of us - now own Walker Road. Thank you! Thank you to everyone who stepped up and made a donation. We came together as a community and protected the "Gateway to Walpole." Thank you!
Please follow the Walpole Conservation Commission's Facebook page for updates. They are planning a Spring celebration event on May 11th, as well as other critical conservation projects and updates.
At the "Gateway" of the Town of Walpole, this 10-acre parcel was recently under imminent threat from gas station development. Together as a community, we purchased 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, we claimed that these are the values we as Walpole residents believe in and uphold.
This is now everyone's land. Together, we protected and conserved this beautiful, riverfront property for everyone's enjoyment.
WE DID IT...we came together for our town, our neighbors, our children, and our grandchildren.
The signing of the transfer occurred prior to the New Year with a partial loan to cover the portion that had not been raised. Yet, you all stepped up and helped reach - even surpass - the goal soon after the New Year. Donations above the $280,000 are being used to cover legal fees and maintenance of the property.
The property is now under the management of the Walpole Conservation Commission. They will manage the land and gather input from town residents to determine how best to utilize the property. Please be on the lookout for further updates and notices.
Again, thank you to everyone who contributed! We couldn't have done this without such overwhelming town support.
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.
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.
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.