A Call to Action to Save Wadleigh State Park

In early June, the NH Division of Parks and Recreation released a draft strategic plan that identified three of the six state parks and waysides located in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area as under performing and subject to an “alternative management strategy.” Media reports about the plan are finally getting out, and people are asking questions and voicing concerns. In Sutton, people are organizing.

Wadleigh State Park, Sutton, the Gardner Memorial Wayside Park on 4A in Wilmot and the Sculptured Rocks Natural Area in Groton, the plan said, would be subject to “decommissioning, transfer to another state agency, transfer to another public recreation provider, lease or other management agreement, or disposal through the state’s surplus land process.”

The plan also identified Cardigan State Park in Orange and the Pisgah State Park, 13,300 acres in Cheshire County amongst the 27 parks, waysides and natural areas that fail to meet the division’s “core values.”

In Sutton, the proposal is seen as threatening a community cornerstone, and a call to action has gone out from a local group.

The North Sutton Improvement Society will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Sutton church to discuss the fate of Wadleigh State Park as outlined in the recently published strategic plan issued by the Division of Parks and Recreation.

State Representative Ricia MaMahon will give the background to the plan and answer questions concerning possible future actions by Sutton to preserve the park and protect Kezar Lake. Please ask your friends and neighbors to attend this important first step in protecting one of the cornerstones of Sutton.  Everyone is invited. – Steve Enroth, president of the North Sutton Improvement Society.

  • For more information about the 10-Year Strategic and Capital Improvement Plan, visit the parks division website.
  • The Division is accepting public comment until July 11, 2009, via fax (603-271-3553), e-mail (johanna.lyons@dred.state.nh.us), or mail (P.O. Box 1856, Concord, NH 03302).
  • Today, June 23, at the Peterborough Town Hall, 1 Grove Street, the the division will hold the last of four public information sessions on the plan. Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Download the Plan below. Note, the file size is 6.7 MB.

pdf icon Strategic and Capital Improvement Plan – (June 8, 2009) Draft for Public Review and Comment

One Response

  1. It is only by a united front by grass roots organizations can the parks be saved. The state of New Hampshire loves to sell lands buildings and structures. The Daniel Webster birthplace (not the former NH Civil war orphanage at Webster Place, now owned by a foundation created by the Common Man eating places) is falling to ruin due to complete neglect by the state of NH. Being near the Dartmouth Lake Sunapee area, the region should be a source of pride to the state and areas. However, I can only think the legislature want the structure to become so ruined it would have to be torn down by {NH] Parks and Recreation..

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