A 105-acre greenbelt area around the town of Tisbury will see a small expansion thanks to a purchase by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank. The land bank announced this week that it has bought a three-acre lot in Tisbury abutting its Wapatequa Woods Reservation.
The sellers were Cynthia Kolnos and James Childs, Jr. and the price was $85,000.
The reservation was started in 1988 with a 14-acre acquisition. Since then through multiple acquisitions the reservation has grown to 105 acres and has helped to create a greenbelt around Vineyard Haven. The property is located along the Cross-Tisbury Trail and was visible to hikers participating in the land bank’s 21st annual Cross-Island Hike, which took place this past Saturday.
“It’s land bank custom to look at its borders to see if there are conservation-worthy properties adjacent to the land bank, and this property fits that description,” land bank executive director James Lengyel said. He said the land bank first looked at the property in 1999 and made an offer in 2002. The family recently accepted the price.
Titles in the area are complicated, Mr. Lengyel said.
Members of the public who have questions or wish to discuss the purchase are encouraged to attend one of the land bank commission’s regular Monday evening meetings or one of the meetings of the Tisbury town advisory board.