Trumbull just got a little greener.
First Selectman Timothy M. Herbst announced Friday, July 10 that the town and the Trumbull Land Trust completed an agreement that will add 68 acres of open space on 7 different parcels throughout the community.
“I am grateful that the Town of Trumbull and representatives of the Trumbull Land Trust were able to successfully negotiate the transfer of this open space to the Town of Trumbull,” Herbst said. “Adding these critical parcels to Trumbull’s open space inventory continues Trumbull’s rich tradition of maintaining the highest levels of parkland and open space acreage of any community of similar size.”
The parcels that have been acquired by the Town of Trumbull:
•Oakland Drive: 27.68 acres
•Foxwood Road: 27.20 acres
•Meadow Road West: 6.798 acres
•Friar Lane: 3.398 acres
•Huntington Road:1.9 acres
•Southgate Road: .6 acres
•Stonehouse Road: .421 acres
The first selectman said in a press release that the town was approached by the Trumbull Land Trust a few years ago to negotiate this transfer and acquisition.
Herbst also pointed out that a portion of the parcels dedicated to the town include property that was named in honor of former First Selectman Kenneth S. Halaby in 2001.
“Mr. Halaby’s legacy was one of responsible land use planning and open space preservation,” Herbst said. “I am proud to have succeeded him on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and also into the First Selectman’s office. I consider him a mentor and a dear friend. I can think of no greater tribute to his legacy than the naming of 20 plus acres as an open space preserve.
“Mr. Halaby is himself a former founding member of the Trumbull Land Trust,” the first selectman added. “I am grateful that the Town of Trumbull has been able to acquire this property so we continue to honor his legacy and the legacy of so many others who have given of their time and talents in preserving open space in the Town of Trumbull.
“I salute all those people who have served on the Trumbull Land Trust over the last three plus decades.”