Intervale Fields & Recreation Area
GNGLL Fields Project (Phase 2)
With the acquisition of the Intervale property complete and RRCT's purchase of the surrounding lands finalized, our project moves to Phase 2 (also mentioned on our News page), GNGLL is undertaking an indefinite pause to examine the possibilities of restoring our property on Bennett Road for use as fields with the fallback proposition of a scaled back two-field facility at the Intervale site.
As we move forward, RRCT and GNGLL will pursue funding and executing our respective goals separately with the intention of completing our projects as best serves the needs of our organizations and constituencies.
GNGLL is partnering with representatives from the community to pursue funding and other methods to restore the Bennett Road property. Our combined committee will meet throughout the fall to pursue these goals and will work towards restoring a long-term blight on the landscape (the unrestored gravel pit) into a fantastic recreational facility for our town.
Announcing the GNGLL & RRCT Intervale Recreation Area
Gray New Gloucester Little League presents our proposed Intervale Fields Softball and Baseball facility. GNGLL has been playing softball on Intervale Road since the 1970s. With the gracious generosity of the Don & Lynne Chandler family, our league has benefitted from the use of their land throughout the childhoods of many of our friends and neighbors.
A few years ago, we reached out to see if we could purchase the land so we could ensure access for our players in case the Chandlers ever decided to sell their land holdings in New Gloucester. They were happy to oblige our request, but also wanted to preserve their entire holding for the future of New Gloucester and offered over 180 acres of prime real estate in the Lower Gloucester village area.
With such a great opportunity to preserve the character of New Gloucester in perpetuity, we reached out to the Royal River Conservation Trust to work with their organization to purchase and preserve the Chandler's land for the future of New Gloucester.
We hope you will join us in these efforts to create an amazing recreational area for hunters, fishermen, bird watchers, hikers, snowmobilers, and baseball and softball players. This project will preserve the culture and wilderness of New Gloucester for generations and will provide terrific benefit to our outdoor recreation opportunities as well as the children and adults who enjoy them.
RRCT Trails & Wetlands Preservation
The Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) will raise $900K as their portion of the $1.4M total in our combined efforts to take this project to completion. These funds will allow GNGLL & RRCT to purchase the land and develop our respective portions of the project.
RRCT will provide a number of improvements to the existing trails and wetlands:
Improved trails throughout the Lower Gloucester parcel
New signage and maps to ensure hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, and fishing areas are well defined and known to the public
Community Feedback & Hearings
As with all building projects, GNGLL's proposed fields will be presented to the New Gloucester planning board before any building permits are issued. Permitting from the Department of Environmental protection will ensure our development minimizes environmental impact. These processes will provide opportunities for members of the community to voice their support and concerns. Naturally, GNGLL will abide by any permitting requirements from involved agencies and our goal is to create a fantastic facility that meets the needs of New Gloucester.
Over $300,000 has already been raised toward this project (over 20% of the total), and we're off to a great start. However, we're just now starting the public portion of our fundraising. Our goal is to raise $50,000 from small donors - league members, households in Gray and New Gloucester and small businesses. This will just be the first step in raising the full $500,000 to create our fields. You can donate now at the link below:
Our current fundraising tiers are:
$10 - reserve a brick (we'll follow up later to collect $40 more to complete your pledge)
$50 - purchase an engraved brick (2 lines totaling 30 characters)
$100+ - HBP - a brick and your name on our "Thank You" plaque under the "HBP" tier.
$1,000 - Walk - same as above under the "Walk" supporter tier
$5,000 - Single - same as above under the "Single" supporter tier
$10,000 - Double - same as above under the "Double" supporter tier
$25,000 - Triple - same as above under the "Triple" supporter tier
$50,000 - Home Run - same as above under the "Home Run" supporter tier
$100,000 - Grand Slam - same as above under the "Grand Slam" supporter tier
Thank you for supporting GNGLL & RRCT!
GNGLL is a 501c(3) non-profit. All charitable contributions are tax-deductible.
RRCT is a 501c3(3) non-profit. All charitable contributions are tax-deductible.