Open Space Purchase on Town Meeting Warrant
by Lixy Carey 4/30/13
Town of Holliston seeks to purchase 22 acres of open space adjacent to Warren Woods in Ashland. Residents are invited to a guided walk of the property on May 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. (Rain date May 5). The bottom right section is in Holliston.
At Town Meeting on May 6, residents of Holliston will vote on an article
approving the purchase of 22 acres of land on the Ashland/Holliston border.
This property is adjacent to the 118 acres of conservation land in Ashland known
as “Warren Woods” and will be part of a 1600 acre contiguous wildlife corridor
that also includes Waseeka Audubon Sanctuary, Poitras Conservation Land,
Holliston Town Forest, and Ashland State Park.
The Community Preservation Committee and the Board of Selectman have approved
the purchase of the parcel which will be protected conservation land and will
extend the Warren Woods into Holliston for passive recreation by the public.
The land is being purchased from Northeastern University for $350,000. An
anonymous donor is donating $150,000 toward the purchase, and the remaining
funds are coming from the Town’s Open Space Acquisition Fund and Community
Preservation Act Fund, pending approval at Town meeting. No additional taxes
will be levied on residents for this acquisition.
The Holliston Open Space Committee and residents of Ashland who were
instrumental in acquiring the Warren Woods property in Ashland are hosting a
guided walk of the Holliston parcel on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. (Rain date is
May 5.) Anyone interested in joining the walk should meet at the Warren Woods
parking lot on Chestnut Street in Ashland, across from the Warren Center.
About the Open Space and Community Preservation Committees
The Massachusetts state legislature enacted the Community Preservation Act (CPA)
which empowers communities to shape their future through an independent fund to
be used for the preservation of open space/recreational open space, historic
resources, and community housing. The Community Preservation Committee (CPC)
consults with town agencies and community organizations, evaluates community
preservation needs, develops a long range community preservation plan, and makes
recommendations for CPA fund expenditures at Town Meeting. The Open Space
Committee identifies land that may be acquired for conservation, open space,
recreation and related purposes and makes recommendations for its purchase. The
Committee also identifies land that are eligible for conservation restrictions
or other open space preservation options.