BREWSTER – Monday, November 24, 2014 – Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett today announced more than $1.1 million in investments for parks, open space and recreation improvements in five southeastern Massachusetts communities. The announcement was made in Brewster, where a Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) grant of $260,364 will help fund the acquisition of Cedar Ridge Preserve, adding over three acres of open space adjacent to the popular 20-acre Drummer Boy Park and providing critical access to town-owned Wing Island.
The town negotiated a $500,000 purchase price, below the assessed value. In addition to the grant, the Brewster Conservation Trust will provide $100,000 towards the purchase and will hold a conservation restriction on the parcel. The remaining $140,000 will be funded through the Brewster Community Preservation Committee, which was approved at the 2014 fall town meeting.