Plymouth: Officials celebrate acquisition of open space around Halfway Pond East

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:

“This is recreational space too. You can walk around this pond—you can enjoy the beauty of this area forever.”

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.