There still are both large and small parcels of significant open space in Framingham. We often assume that they will always stay as they are. But as property owners consider their future needs, properties may be lost to development or could be targets for open space protection by the City’s Community Preservation Fund.
All such properties need not be protected or kept open in their entirety. But each could be an opportunity to consider protecting for the future benefit, enjoyment, and appreciation of residents. Strategies could include land acquisition and conservation restrictions, as well as partnerships with abutting towns, the State, and/or non-profit conservation organizations.
A SAMPLE OF POTENTIAL OPEN SPACE PROJECTS
- Congregation of Sisters (50 acres of open space on Bethany Road)
- Sons of Mary Missionary Society (29 acres of open space off Salem End Road)
- MCI for Women (500-acre state property in South Framingham scheduled for closure)
- Nobscot Boy Scout Reservation (150 acres straddling Framingham/Sudbury line and abutting other open space parcels)
- Various parcels citywide that could become neighborhood “pocket” parks
- Farm properties that have scenic value and create agricultural benefits