TreeAshland Open Space Committee


Upcoming regular meetings
October 13, November 10

All meetings are held at 7:30 PM in Town Hall on Main Street, lower level, unless otherwise indicated.

Date: October 7th, 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 7 to 9pm
Place: Ashland Public Library - 66 Front Street
Help us finalize this important plan that makes us eligible to apply for state grants!

During our first forum last November, we asked residents for their input for updating our goals, objectives and action plan.

During this forum, we'll:

- share the changes we made as a result of your input;
- ask for your input regarding favorite spots and scenic views in Town; and
- share some information on priority parcels and maps.

Many of the objectives and activities in the action plan directly involve the important issues currently being worked on and discussed in town, for example:

- land use and development;
- protection and conservation of water resources, and water policy;
- Green Community initiatives and sustainability;
- diverse recreational opportunities;
- multi-use trails;
- community gardens;
- walkability;
- management of recreation fields;
- remediating degraded lands; and
- a town green downtown.

The overall goals of the current plan are to:

- Preserve, protect, connect and enhance Ashland's conservation and natural land resources.
- Provide, maintain and improve diverse recreation opportunities that meet the needs of Ashland's growing population.
- Preserve and improve the quality, character and health of Ashland's community and environmental resources by remediating degraded lands, protecting common resources and preserving the cultural heritage.
- Building a strong constituency of open space and recreation advocates in Ashland through education and collaborative partnerships.

To view the current plan, please see the link below.

Don't miss this oppotunity to share your thoughts and ideas -- please join us on the 7th! If you are unable to attend, please feel free to send us your thoughts at

Open Space and Recreation Plan
You can reference the text and selected maps from the Ashland Open Space and Recreation Plan (106 MB, will take a few minutes !!).

Weston Nurseries — Ashland Votes to Purchase 30+ Acres
Spring 2007 Town Meeting voted to purchase the Ashland part of the Weston Nurseries land. The purchase of this land is important to preserve open space, including the town's only public water supply.

For more information, see our Weston Nurseries Land page or the Town web site.

Ducks at Ashland State Park
Lady Slipper at Ashland State Park


The Ashland Open Space Committee aims to preserve and maintain areas in Ashland, Massachusetts and provide opportunities for its residents to enjoy the natural environment.

  • Established, mapped, and continues to maintain the Ashland trail system.
  • Works to acquire, and advocates for the protection of, open space.
  • Is leading the creation of the Open Space and Recreation Plan for submittal to the town and state.

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