On the shores of Plymouth’s Halfway Pond on Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick, flanked by state and local officials, celebrated the acquisition of thousands of acres of open space.
Governor Deval Patrick said he is proud of the results of his land conservation efforts:
“Because of the acquisitions that we’ve made, together with the partners who are here today to celebrate, we have protected over a hundred thousand acres and as a result we have more protected open space in Massachusetts than we do land under development right now, for the first time.”
One of the state’s partners in land acquisition is Mike Hogan, President of the A. D. Makepeace Company.
“We have completed our fourth sale to the Commonwealth of land today around Halfway Pond East—that total is over four hundred acres, but in addition to that, through the use of Plymouth’s transfer of development rights, we are preserving an additional sixteen hundred acres. So it will be over two thousand acres in this first phase.”
Senate President Terry Murray: