Trustees Acquire Dunes' Edge Campground in Provincetown

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Jennifer Dubois
Director of Southeast Community Conservation
508.636.4693 x109

Westport, MAMarch 18, 2013 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) – the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization – today announced that after four years of careful planning and development, it has closed on its acquisition of the Dunes’ Edge Campground in Provincetown, Massachusetts, previously owned by Miriam Collinson. The project was made possible through a partnership with the Town of Provincetown and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was generously supported by the Provincetown Open Space Committee and Provincetown taxpayers through $600,000 in funding from the Provincetown Land Bank and Community Preservation Fund and through a $400,000 State PARC Grant, as well as support from private funders including the Horizon Foundation, Sheehan Family Foundation and the Fields Pond Foundation. The Town of Provincetown will hold a conservation restriction on the campground, permanently protecting the site from future development. The Trustees are working with the Town to finalize additional details and expect to conclude the transfer in April 2013.

Dunes Edge“As an organization that works to protect and promote properties for public recreation and outdoor engagement, Dunes’ Edge not only offers unique beauty and ecological resources along Cape Cod National Seashore but it also provides an easily accessible, affordable camping option for families,” says John Vasconcellos, Trustees of Reservations Southeast Regional Director. “We are grateful to the Town of Provincetown, Miriam Collin son, and the many generous donors and partners who made this project possible, as well as Jennifer DuBois, Trustees Director of Southeast Community Conservation, who diligently and creatively worked with the community over the past four years to bring this acquisition to fruition.”

“The Town of Provincetown is thrilled to be able to partner with The Trustees of Reservations to preserve Dunes’ Edge Campground for continued public use,” says David Gardner, Assistant Town Manager. “Preservation of the Campground is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Provincetown to not only protect a vital natural resource area, but also maintain a critical recreational opportunity for residents and visitors alike. We are happy to welcome an organization like The Trustees, with such commitment and experience in conservation, as members of our community.”

“It has been my privilege to be the steward of Dunes’ Edge for the past 45 years,” says former owner Miriam Collin son. “With the help of family and friends, it has been and will always remain a magical place for future generations of campers and for local residents.”

Dunes’ Edge Campground offers 85 seasonal sites for tents, pop-ups, and vans and 15 seasonal sites for motor homes or travel trailers with water and electric hookups. Bordered by the Cape Cod National Seashore and a short distance from Provincetown center, the Campground is a popular destination for families and boasts a huge array of nearby recreational opportunities at its doorstep.

“We are thrilled to be adding another campground and a beautiful, recreational resource to our group of 109 properties around the state,” says Trustees President Barbara Erickson. “Dunes’ Edge complements our existing properties on the Cape and Islands where we already own and operate several popular beaches, wildlife refuges and culturally significant properties. We look forward to sharing this treasure with returning campers, members and new visitors while increasing our conservation impact at one of the most important and accessible locations on Cape Cod.”

Beginning May 1, The Trustees will open the Campground with 100 camping sites. For reservations, please call 508.487.9815 or visit The campground will also be open to the public in the offseason for passive recreation and access to the seashore. The Trustees look forward to working with the community to develop Dunes’ Edge into a year-round area resource, involving partners such as the Center for Coastal Studies and the National Park Service.

The Trustees are partnering with Provincetown Conservation Trust for Appearances to help host the third Annual Green Arts Festival, to be held April 19-28, 2013. Dunes’ Edge will be one host site in town. For more information, please visit In addition, The Trustees will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 4th. For more information, please visit The Trustees also operate another popular campground, Tully Lake Campground, located in Royalston, MA, just 1.5 hours from Boston. For more information, please visit

More about Dunes’ Edge Campground
Located off Route 6 in Provincetown, on the edge of dune country, Dunes’ Edge is a quiet family campground bordered by the Cape Cod National Seashore with a quaint atmosphere amidst the sand dunes and pines, offering guests the opportunity to experience the true and lasting beauty of legendary Old Cape Cod. Campground amenities include water & electric hookups, hot showers, modern conveniences, a camp store (featuring ice, groceries and camping accessories), a laundry area, and dumping station. Within a one-mile radius, campers can enjoy Cape Cod’s finest beaches for swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, magnificent sunrises, spectacular sunsets, excellent fishing, whale watching, and miles of paved bike trails winding through the dunes to the beaches. (Oversand and beach fire permits available through the National Park Service.) From Dunes’ Edge, you can leave your car at the campground, walking or bicycling to all of Provincetown’s finest attractions and activities including renowned craft shops, museums, fine restaurants, commercial fishing ventures and countless points of historical interest. Saltwater fishing, party and sport fishing boats, and whale watch excursions are all available from MacMillan Pier. In addition to golf, tennis and hiking, campers may also take advantage of a continuous schedule of National Park Service interpretive programs, lectures and films.

About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization. We were founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 109 spectacular reservations located on more than 26,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. Our reservations range from working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, to community parks, gardens, and barrier beaches, and include five National Historic Landmarks and a National Natural Landmark. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities through hundreds of annual outreach programs, workshops, and events for all ages. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. One of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 150 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in cultural resources, land protection, education, ecology, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more or to become a member or volunteer, please contact