On December 18, 2015 Barnstable Land Trust purchased the 19 forested acres surrounding Lowell Park. We then conveyed 3 acres under and around the playing field to the Town of Barnstable. BLT was able to successfully raise $1.8 million to protect this special place thanks to donations from 1600 individuals, families, businesses and 4 foundations together with the Cotuit Fire Department and the Town. The sheer number of donations shows how much people care about this environmental, cultural and community treasure.
Why the Lowell Park Woodlands Matter
The campaign to purchase and protect the 19 wooded acres that surround Lowell Park was about protecting natural resources and preserving the national pastime – baseball! BLT worked with the landowners to purchase the land to ensure that 9 new homes – each with a backyard abutting Lowell Park – did not become reality and change the character of the ballpark forever.
Below are some of the reasons why it is so important to “Keep Lowell Park Green!”
- Water quality protection: The 19 acres are situated within the zone of contribution to a Cotuit drinking water supply and are also in the recharge area to Cotuit Bay and the 3-bay estuary ecosystem. Nine new homes, lawns and septic systems will affect the quality of those waters. The land lies within the Town’s Resource Protection Overlay District, which was adopted to protect the down gradient 3-bay estuary from nitrogen loading caused by new septic systems and lawn fertilizers.
- Connection to an existing greenbelt: Lowell Park is the southern end of an 800-acre open space corridor, which includes Eagle Pond Sanctuary, Bell Farm and Mosswood Cemetery, and extends up to Town conservation land west of Lovell’s Pond.
- Preservation of a community tradition: Lowell Park has been the Kettleers’ home since the 1940s; it is also used by the American Legion, Senior Babe Ruth, a men’s league, the Sturgis Charter Public School, and for countless youth and advanced baseball clinics. Now the 16 acres around the park will forever be preserved…and the Kettleers’ “field of dreams” will continue to delight future generations!
Enjoy our video about the importance of preserving the 19-acre “green wall” of trees!