Meeting Schedule: OSC meets on the 3rd Wednesday
of each month at 7:30 pm at the 1910 Town Office Building, 2nd floor
hearing room, located at 381 Main Street in West Newbury.
40 miles north of Boston, West Newbury is a delightful community
characterized by rolling hills with broad valleys and an
unspoiled rural charm.
A groundswell of public support for and interest in the
preservation of West Newbury’s rural character and open space
first found voice in the 1996 Open Space and Recreation Plan.
The Town has supported – both at the ballot box and at Town
Meeting – all nine open space initiatives put before it since
1996. That support has continued to grow and shows no sign of
mandate of the
Open Space & Recreation Plan is to preserve what
remains of the rural character of the Town by identifying
long-term goals and by taking practical, pro-active steps to
meet the challenge of development pressure. The Plan seeks to
be a useful tool for the community towards achieving the goals
identified through the 2009 OSRP planning process.
The Open Space and Recreation Plan is designed to help continue
the long-term, dynamic, and ongoing process by which the Town
evaluates and addresses its open space and recreation needs in
the coming years.
The Open Space Committee provides advice and support to the Board of Selectman and
the town on issues relevant to open space protection, stewardship
and use. OSC also manages a large, 30 mile network of
Public Trails, with the goal of creating
an 'emerald necklace', by utilizing town-owned land and trail
easements for the community to enjoy. We welcome public participation in all of our
meetings and activities. We hope that you find this website useful for learning
about our committee activities, and about the many open space
resources available here in town.
The Mullen Property is located between Main Street and Church Street
and contains 34 acres of town municipal land. Open Space
Committee is looking for volunteers to help develop a new trail
network this winter.