Save The Gateway to Walpole
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.