First Selectman David Bindelgass and Aspetuck Land Trust President William P. Kraekel will hold a public ceremony to celebrate the sale of a 19-acre parcel of town-owned land on South Park Avenue to the land trust.
The ceremony, including a briefing and ribbon cutting, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the South Park property, 22 South Park Avenue in Easton.
The town sold the parcel to the land trust to permanently preserve and conserve it. The parcel includes the Mill River, classified as a Class 1 Wild Trout Management Area, with streams cold and clean enough for wild brook and brown trout to naturally reproduce year-round. The sale was finalized on Oct. 2.
The property will be named in honor of the late former Easton First Selectman William Kupinse Jr. and his wife Patricia. In 2008, the town purchased the entire 29.5-acre parcel on South Park Avenue to protect it from development.
The sale follows Easton voters’ overwhelming 65% approval to sell the property to Aspetuck Land Trust. A total of 1,057 people voted yes to preserve the land, and 574 voted no at a town-wide referendum on May 3, 2022