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Hamden Receives Large Open Space Grant


Hamden Receives Large Open Space Grant

Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is pleased to announce that Hamden was awarded a state Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program grant this week to help preserve 42 acres of open space at Brooksvale Park. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is providing $432,250 in a matching grant to set aside these acres adjacent to existing town-owned park land at Brooksvale Park. The acquired land will be classified as Level A Aquifer Protection Zone and will protect the underground water drinking aquifer. With frontage on Brooksvale Avenue, this parcel is the remainder of a larger parcel that was acquired through this grant in 2008.

 “The opportunity to expand Brooksvale Park, one of Hamden’s premiere open space and park areas, with 42 additional acres of land can add great value to our community and our environment,” said Mayor Curt Leng. “I really appreciate our State Delegation’s strong advocacy for this key grant and look forward to working with partners to acquire and protect this beautiful land.”

The Hamden award is part of a larger $4.8 million in 14 municipalities to preserve open space throughout the state.

“This is really good news, It is critical to have a balance of economic development and community preservation to assure Hamden is a place where people want to live and locate their families or business”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of .Economic and Neighborhood Development, whose department is responsible for grants in the Town of Hamden.  

The Open Space Acquisition grant program requires a match by the municipality and requires that the open space land be protected by a conservation and public recreation easement ensuring that the property is forever protected for public use and enjoyment.

Connecticut’s goal is to preserve 673,000 acres statewide which represents over 20% of Connecticut’s land in the state. This week’s award of an additional 1,140 acres brings the total to just over 500,000 acres of open space on local and state owned land across Connecticut.

This week when making the announcement, Governor Malloy stated, “Connecticut’s tradition of preserving open space has helped define our landscape and preserve its important natural resources and geographical beauty. These grants continue our open space preservation legacy and will increase the availability of open space for our residents across our state.”

Since the program began in 1998, more than $125 million in state funding has been awarded to municipalities, nonprofit land conservation organizations and water companies to assist in the purchase of more than 36,000 acres of land, including farmland, in 139 of our 169 towns.

For further information on the grant or the Department of Economic and Neighborhood Development, please contact Dale Kroop, Director of Economic and Neighborhood Development at dkroop@hamden.com.

To read more about the announcement go to https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/Press-Room/Press-Releases/2018/12-2018/Gov-Malloy-Announces-Open-Space-Grants-That-Will-Preserve-Nearly-1200-Acres-of-Land



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