Special Projects - 203 Pond Street

 

 

 

The Friends of Upton State Forest has joined with the Sudbury Valley Trustees, Friends of Whitehall, the Hopkinton Area Land Trust, the Bay State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA), and New England Mountain Bikers Associaton (NEMBA) to form the Whitehall Woods Alliance, which seeks to permanently protect 40 acres of land on 203 Pond Street in Hopkinton. The land has been approved by the Hopkinton Planning Board for a 12-lot open space subdivision, but given the property's location between the Whitehall Reservoir and the Upton State Forest, among other attributes, many feel that it warrants full preservation.

The Hopkinton Selectboard voted on January 29 to hold a special Town Meeting on March 3 to allow voters to decide whether the Town should exercise its right of first refusal and purchase the property at 203 Pond Street. A ballot vote will follow on March 10. 

The Friends are asking for your help in an urgent private fundraising effort.

A significant commitment of private funds towards the purchase price will make it more likely that Hopkinton voters will approve the purchase. The FUSF Board of Directors has already pledged $1000.00 from our funds and ask that you join us in pledging a personal donation.

The Division of Conservation and Recreation has committed $250,000 toward the $2 million acquisition price, but the rest will need to come from other soures. The Whitehall Woods Alliance has committed to raising $150,000 to offset the cost to the town, and has raised over $70,000 to date. Please consider making a donation or pledge to preserve this important parcel. For more inforamtion or to make a pledge or donation, click here.

Click on these links for a Map of the area and an Informational Flyer.

For more information about the project and the latest news about upcoming meetings visit the Whitehall Woods Alliance website.

If you're interested in helping to protect this beautiful property, please contact Steve Warren of the Whitehall Woods Alliance at swarrenbhp@msn.com or Christa Collins, Director of Land Protection at the Sudbury Valley Trustees, at 978-443-5588 x115. 

Project Benefits

203 Pond Street sits between 1,357 acres of the Upton State Forest and 815 acres of the Whitehall State Park. The Upton State Forest in turn connects to local conservation land in Upton and Grafton, creating a block of over 3,125 acres of protected land, and many miles of connecting trails.

Other benefits of protecting this beautiful property include the following: 

 

Photo credits: Ellen Arnold

 

Completed Projects

CCC Records Preservation Project