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Essex County Greenbelt has a unique opportunity to “undevelop” a 2-acre parcel in Ipswich and reclaim the land for public access and enjoyment.
Currently, a “tear down” 1950s house sits on a 2-acre lot on Route 133 in Ipswich. A conservation buyer has provided an opportunity to acquire and remove the house. This will allow Greenbelt to expand a corridor of preserved land, open vistas to the natural environment and create an all-access trail to Castle Neck River Reservation, formerly known as Pony Express Farm. The fundraising challenge is $200,000.
Since 2011, Greenbelt has worked to protect nearly 900 acres of land in the area, much of which is visible from the site: the expanse of the Castle Neck River Reservation, white pines atop Willow Hill at the Donovan Reservation/Sagamore Hill Conservation Area and pastoral views across Maplecroft Farm.
By razing the house, Greenbelt can create parking and an all-access trail leading up a gentle slope to the top of a knoll, enabling all visitors, including those with physical limitations, to take in sweeping views, observe wildlife and enjoy nature.
To make this unique opportunity for conservation a reality, the cost to purchase the property and to fund site development is $200,000.
|Raised to Date:||$50,000|
Lead gifts from the Highland Street Foundation and individual donors has resulted in $50,000, presenting a remaining fundraising challenge of $200,000.
82 Eastern Avenue, Essex,
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.