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Joshua's Park

2015 - The Amherst Land Trust board has pinpointed an ideal site for an Amherst community garden and playground. It is a 3.9-acre plot on between Courthouse and Boston Post Roads, now the site of Tom Mitchell's farm for Frog Hollow farmstand.

The park is just a few steps away from the center of Amherst Village. Its dry upland, to the east, has been farmed for many years and remains ideal for gardening. Its land to the west abuts woodland, making a cozy alcove for a playground.

The owners, Sue and Scott Adams, have agreed to sell the acreage for $150,000, $45,000 under the appraised value. In league with the Amherst Community Foundation, we need to raise the $150,000 purchase price, plus $200,000 for transaction costs, site work, and playground equipment.

We've already raised over $200,000, and we're looking for a cadre of committed people - as passionate and committed as we are - to donate the rest of the funds needed. Total cost is $350,000. To find out more, and see a site plan, please visit the Joshua's Park website.

Don't miss the chance to be a part of leaving this legacy to our children and fellow citizens. Help us make our $350,000 goal.

Cost of Services Study

There has been a great deal of discussion of the economic impact of development. Using land preservation to help control the negative effects of growth is a logical extension of the Amherst Land Trust's mission. But growth is not a simple, linear function, and its impacts are not simple, either. In 2003 the Land Trust commissioned an in-depth Cost of Services Study which will enable officials to understand the relative costs and benefits of various types of development in Amherst.