The North 40's forty-six acres form a triangle bounded by Central Street, Weston Road and Turner Road in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
The North 40 holds the following attributes:
Located over an aquifer
Part of a Zone II Water Supply Protection District
Valuable ecosystem (which includes a vernal pool)
Large wildlife corridor (contiguous to Morses Pond)
Part of our Town's valued trails system
Hosts community gardens
Provides passive recreation to residents
Enjoyed by the public for decades.
This map shows that the North 40 is in a Groundwater Resource Area for Wellesley drinking water wells. The underground aquifers are shown in grey and pink.
This Open Space Map shows current land use. The dark green and dark purple areas are Town and State owned Article 97 protected lands. See the legend below for more information. (Please note this map does not show the pending purchase of the North 40.) More information about open space data can be found in this Natural Resources Commission Report.
The North 40 was purchased in part with $10 million dollars of funding from the CPA. The Community Preservation Committee had a discussion of the North 40 deed restriction at its September 11 meeting.
The skies cleared for a beautiful ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the boardwalk at the North 40 Vernal Pool, which provides both access and protection to this important resource.
Selectman Jack Morgan and NRC Director Brandon Schmitt addressed the large crowd in attendance, and lead volunteer Bill Giezentanner had the honor of cutting the ribbon. The boardwalk was funded by the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and built with over 500 hours of volunteer labor.
See the video about the boardwalk here.
There's even a video:
Over 500 People Explored the North 40!
Frank Lloyd Wright