Land Trust Preserving Land as
a Living Resource Since 1969
Townwide Open Space Areas
Cheshire has a substantial amount of undeveloped land identified on the 2003 open space map shown below. Cheshire has been a leader in publicly funded open space acquisition. Support for the land trust complements the overall objective of preserving the town's character and identity. The map shows town, state, water company, private areas including farmland and Cheshire Land Trust properties. Many of the town owned land includes public parks, schools, ball fields and recreation areas. A central greenway, known as the Farmington Canal Linear Park, has been established by the town. (Note picture of Lock 12) It follows six miles of former New Haven RR and the 19th century canal line that proceeded it. This greenway extends into Hamden and New Haven has northerly sections being developed in Southington.
State land includes the properties occupied by the prison system as well as state forest. Publicly owned property on the west side of Cheshire is part of the Prospect Ridge preservation corridor which is a combination of state, town and land trust holdings. The east side greenway is populated by several agricultural and forested properties owned by the town ,open space acquired by the land trust and expansive water company reservoir land owned by the city of Meriden.
This map shows Land Trust Properties acquired up to 2003. CLT properties are yellow. Acquisitions after 2003 are not included on this map.