The Trustees Seek Ideas for Design of Doyle Community Park

The Trustees of Reservations Seek Ideas from Area Residents for Design of 170-Acre Doyle Reservation Community Park

Contact Information

Leslie Luchonok
Project Manager
Phone: 978.840.4446 x1960
lluchonok@ttor.org

Photos and maps available upon request.

LEOMINSTER, Massachusetts - The Trustees of Reservations invite Leominster, Fitchburg and area residents to offer their ideas and suggestions on how the 170-acre Doyle Reservation can best serve the community as a top-notch community park and regional destination. The Doyle Reservation is in the final phase of its two-year master planning process. The Trustees would like to invite the public to several upcoming events to provide more input into the landscape design and possible future programming of this beautiful land located on the Leominster/Fitchburg border.

“We are thrilled to be creating an exciting vision for this one-of-a-kind reservation,” says Andy Kendall, president of The Trustees of Reservations. “We hope to establish the Doyle Reservation as a welcoming oasis and gathering place for the wider community and also as a conservation model that demonstrates exemplary stewardship and sustainability.”

In addition to the Doyle Reservation, The Trustees of Reservations own and care for 99 other reservations of scenic, natural, and cultural significance in 73 communities throughout Massachusetts--all of which are open to the public.

The Doyle Reservation was established in 1981 through a gift from philanthropist Louise I. Doyle. In 2004 The Trustees of Reservations built the Doyle Conservation Center. This gold-rated green building provides office space for 22 Trustees staff and serves as a gathering place for scores of organizations and agencies from around New England to hold conferences, workshops, retreats, and celebrations. In 2007, after the passing of Miss Doyle, the Doyle Reservation was expanded to encompass 170 acres which is comprised of three main areas:  the former Doyle family estate on Lindell Avenue; Pierce Park on the corner of Lindell and Merriam Avenues; and the Doyle Conservation Center on the corner of Lindell and Abbott Avenues.

Input provided by area residents in May 2008 helped shape the initial ideas for the Doyle Reservation, which The Trustees have since been researching. Upcoming walking tours, questionnaires, and community conversations are additional opportunities for area residents to provide feedback to further guide the future of the Doyle Reservation. The master plan for the Doyle Reservation will be completed by December 2009.

“It is great that the community will have input on the design of this incredible resource,” commented Phil Grzewinski, president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. “I encourage residents to share their ideas so we can make the Doyle Reservation a destination for our region.”

Walking Tours at the Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster

• Thursday, August 27 | 10AM - 12Noon
• Saturday, August 29 | 1 - 3PM
• Tuesday, September 1 | 6 - 8PM

The walking tours will consist of a 1½ mile, 1½ hour guided walk on unpaved trails. Participants will see the highlights of the reservation and will then be asked to complete a brief questionnaire regarding the master plan. To register for a walking tour, contact Leigh Rae, 978.840.4446 x1938, lrae@ttor.org. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. All three walking tours will begin at the Doyle Conservation Center (464 Abbot Avenue, Leominster). Free refreshments will be served.

Community Conversations at the Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster

• Thursday, October 15 | 6 - 8PM
• Tuesday, November 10 | 6 - 8PM

The community conversations, which will take place at the Doyle Conservation Center, are opportunities to discuss findings from the questionnaires, The Trustees’ research, and recommendations from landscape designers. To register for a community conversation, contact Leigh Rae, 978.840.4446 x1938, lrae@ttor.org.. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Both community conversations will take place at the Doyle Conservation Center (464 Abbot Avenue, Leominster). Free refreshments will be served.

For further details about the Doyle Reservation walking tours, community conversations, or the master plan project, please contact Leslie Luchonok, Project Manager, The Trustees of Reservations, 978.840.4446 x1960, lluchonok@ttor.org.

The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees)
A member-, donor- and endowment-supported organization, The Trustees provide hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate and care for natural, scenic, and cultural landscapes and landmarks across the Commonwealth. As one of Massachusetts’ largest nonprofits, The Trustees employ 165 full-time, 46 part-time, and 350-400 seasonal staff with expertise in resource protection, land management, historic preservation, ecology, public policy, and outdoor education.  The Trustees of Reservations love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for future generations. We “hold in trust,” and care for special places called "reservations,” hence the name, The Trustees of Reservations.  For more information, please visit www.thetrustees.org.