the Town of Simsbury
of Simsbury announced today it has received a $500,000 state
toward the acquisition and protection of the final phase of
of land known as the Ethel Walker Woods. First Selectman
Glassman said the Town was notified of the grant award in a
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Funding for
space acquisition is available from the State of Connecticut’s
Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program.
of Simsbury is grateful for the support and partnership of the
Governor and Commissioner Esty in the preservation of this
and valuable open space parcel,” Glassman said. The grant will
third and final phase of the acquisition of 423 acres of open
purchased from Ethel Walker School since 2007. “When
the acquisition of Ethel Walker Woods will be among the
of land purchased by a Connecticut municipality,” Glassman
also credited Town Engineer Richard Sawitzke for his hard
and Ethel Walker school officials and a dedicated group of
for working together for the success of the program.
phase, Parcel C, includes the remaining 45 acres which is
scheduled to be purchased under an option agreement in 2014 at
of $1.1 million. The grant to be awarded by the state will
town’s cost to $600,000, Glassman said. The purchase of Parcel
complete the Town’s Ethel Walker open space program to
acres at a total cost of $11.1 million. Since 2007, the Town
Simsbury has been awarded a total of $1,907,841 in grant funds
a net cost to Simsbury of $9,192,159.
Ethel Walker Woods had been identified as an important
acquisition because of its significant conservation value,
said. The property includes the Stratton Brook Aquifer and
a significant proportion of aquifer recharge area which is a
70 percent of Simsbury’s drinking water, according to Richard
Town Engineer. The property is also contiguous to 1400 acres
undeveloped land and is noted for an exceptional diversity of
habitat and is home to more than 350 species of wildlife.
Note: The actual purchase price of the final phase is
$1,050,000. $100,000 has been included in the
referendum question to cover legal and bonding costs.
The referendum question is for the appropriation of
$1,150,000. The $500,000 state grant brings the
Town's cost to $650,000 for the final phase.