The cost of land in North Castle is soaring. How much open space can actually be preserved with $3 million?

Having an open space preservation fund demonstrates a town’s commitment to open space preservation and enables the town to leverage other funds from County, State and Federal agencies and the many private land trust preservation groups for purchasing assistance. For example, in Lewisboro, which had a $2 million bond proposition, the town spent $500,000 combined with $3.7 million from State, County, and private donors to purchase the 112-acre Old Field Preserve. In Irvington, which had a $3 million bond proposition, the town spent $1.5 million combined with $3 million from the County, $500,000 each from the Open Space Institute and Scenic Hudson, and $330,000 from New York State to purchase the 40-acre Westwood property.