Friday, June 9, 2000
Generosity leads to new tract for state park
Papers passed at the Registry of Deeds in Lowell on June 5 confirm that Great Brook Farm State Park is eight-and-a-half acres larger, thanks to the generosity of Black Brook Farm owners Tom and Tamara Erickson. Though modest in size in a 900-acre preserve, the tract is considered very important to park integrity because it overlooks some of the most frequented and beautiful portions of the park. Its acquisition precludes development and preserves open space and vistas in the land between the two farms, as well as providing off-road trail links to park land west of Lowell Street.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchased the property at a "bargain sale" price of $300,000, although the fair market price is in the vicinity of $800,000. To help the owners close the price gap, $88,100 was raised privately by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) with assistance from the Old North Bridge Hounds, Littleton Horse Owners Association, and New England Mountain Bikers Association, as well as two anonymous leadership donors.
The CCF and Carlisle Land Trust are holding their annual meeting and election of officers at Black Brook Farm, Saturday, June 10 at 3:30 p.m. The event will celebrate the successful conclusion of the joint preservation effort between private individuals, non-profit organizations and the public sector. The public is invited to attend and enjoy a tour of the property led by the Ericksons. In a letter to donors, foundation president Art Milliken thanked them "for helping to save another key property which all of us can enjoy now and in the future."
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