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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Community Conversation Scheduled for Wednesday, June 30th from 6 - 8PM
LEOMINSTER, Massachusetts – The Trustees of Reservations announced today that the Draft Plan for the new 170-acre Doyle Community Park and Center in Leominster is ready for community discussion, thanks to the input from so many community members over the past two years. Community residents and organizations are invited to the first in a series of community conversations and meetings on Wednesday, June 30th from 6:00-8:00PM. The meeting will offer opportunities for community members to make suggestions about how to make the community park more welcoming and accessible, expand programs and activities, and build the partnerships needed to establish the park as a valuable community and regional resource. Online downloads and printed copies of an introductory brochure, the draft plan, and a survey questionnaire are available for download in advance, for those who are interested.
“We are excited to hear from local residents about how we can best create a community park that offers a wide variety of activities and programs that serve the needs and desires of the Leominster, Fitchburg, and surrounding communities,” says Wes Ward, Vice President for Community Conservation at The Trustees of Reservations. “We would also like to build upon the success of our LEED-certified Doyle Center by expanding its uses as a “green” meeting, conference, and events center to a gathering place for visitors to lean more about community-based conservation and sustainability.”
Situated in central Massachusetts with access to public transportation and major highways, Doyle Community Park was first established in 1981 and then expanded over the years through the generosity of Louise I. Doyle (1912-2007) , life-long Leominster resident and philanthropist. The property offers a beautiful park setting on the border of Fitchburg and Leominster, with woodlands, open fields, meadows, walking trails, formal gardens, and scenic views amidst the former Doyle family estate. The Doyle Center is a 14,000-square foot, gold-rated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) that incorporates energy conserving design features, energy-efficient building systems and green building materials – saving 40% in energy use annually.
The Draft Plan describes the community park’s features, facilities, and current programs and activities. It also features a series of preliminary future recommendations, ranging from hiring a director to lead and manage the new enterprise, to undertaking a series of property improvements to make the park more welcoming and accessible and expanding partnerships and collaborations with local communities and organizations.
To learn more about Doyle Community Park, the draft plan, and how to share your ideas:
The Community Conversation will be held at the Doyle Center (464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster) on Wednesday, June 30 | 6 - 8PM:
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 102 spectacular “reservations” located on 26,000 acres in 73 communities throughout Massachusetts. All reservations are open for the public to enjoy. Reservations range from working farms and historic homesteads to formal gardens, barrier beaches and barrens habitats, woodland trails, mountain vistas, several National Historic Landmarks, and the Gold LEED-certified Doyle Center in Leominster, which serves as a green meeting space and gathering place for the conservation and local community. The Trustees offer hundreds of programs, workshops, and special events annually, many of which are free or discounted for Trustees members, on most of its reservations.
In the Central Region of Massachusetts, The Trustees own, manage and provide programs and events for all ages on 17 beautiful, diverse reservations such as Tully Campground, Royalston Falls, Jacob’s Hill, The Doyle Conservation Center and Estate, Rock House Reservation, Brooks Woodland Preserve, Elliot Laurel, and others.
The Trustees are also a leader in the conservation movement, and have served and continue to serve as a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. With communities and conservation partners, The Trustees work to address and support important conservation issues and efforts across the Commonwealth. In addition to our 102 reservations, The Trustees hold conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres of privately owned land and, with our partners, have assisted in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres.
As part of an increasing commitment to sustainable conservation and stewardship, The Trustees are working to reduce the organization’s overall carbon footprint by caring for and managing their reservations in the “greenest” way possible and promoting healthy landscapes that can adapt to or resist climate change. With these and other sustainable practices underway, including green building renovations and reducing mowing on all of its properties by 50%, The Trustees hope to engage and mobilize many more people to become a part of creating environmentally and economically sustainable communities. To learn more about The Trustees properties, programs and opportunities for members, donors and volunteers, please visit www.thetrustees.org.