2.18 Acres in Marstons Mills
Perhaps you’ve seen the new BLT sign on Route 28 in Marstons Mills, marking Barnstable Land Trust’s latest land acquisition. BLT is the new steward of 2.18 acres of land – the new Mill Pond Overlook.
Two years ago, owner Brad Sprinkle put his 2-acre property, located on Route 28 at the corner of 149, on the market. With 400 feet of frontage on Mill Pond (home to the endangered bridle shiner), the property is immediately adjacent to the Town’s best-known herring run, where the river herring make their annual journey up the Marstons Mills River to spawn. The parcel is also adjacent to other BLT – and town-owned land along the Marstons Mills River Corridor.
Redevelopment of this property would have further damaged the already compromised Mill Pond and river corridor, and add to traffic issues at this busy intersection. We knew that protecting this special gateway to the village was essential. Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Conservation Partnership Program, funding from the Town’s Community Preservation Act, a foundation grant and several private donors, BLT purchased the property in June; the Town holds the conservation restriction.
Passersby will soon enjoy a view of a lovely field and a holly tree on the newly-undeveloped land where the house in disrepair once stood. Undevelopment such as this project helps protect water quality of the Mill Pond, the Marstons Mills River and the Three Bays Estuary. BLT and the Town are planning to build a new trail through the property for visitors to access from the herring run. (Look for news about opportunities to lend a hand.)
Our special thanks to Chris Joyce and employees of Joyce Landscaping for reseeding the property, helping make the “green gateway” even greener!