Pond Street-Whitehall Woods Update

From L to R, Mary McManus (Bay State Trail Riders Association), Jonathan Phelps (Metrowest Daily News), Larry McManus, Steve Warren (head of Friends of Whitehall), and Christa Collins (SVT)
In our efforts to help protect an important natural area in Hopkinton located at 203 Pond Street, we have been delighted to work with the many partners that comprise the Whitehall Woods Alliance: the Hopkinton Area Land Trust, Friends of Upton State Forest, Friends of Whitehall, Bay State Trail Riders Association, and New England Mountain Bike Association.
The Alliance had hoped to protect the entire 42 acre parcel.  Regrettably, a vote to purchase the property failed to reach a 2/3 majority at a Special Town Meeting on March 3rd. As a result, 10 acres of the property will be purchased by a developer for a 12-lot subdivision, but the remaining 32 acres of open space will eventually be given to SVT as part of the special permit that enables the development of the 10 acres.  While we are disappointed that the full parcel could not be protected, we are thrilled that 32 acres will be permanently protected, resulting in a new public amenity and improved access to the Upton State Forest.