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DEM PURCHASES SUNSET STABLES AS ADDITION TO LINCOLN WOODS
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has added 24.5 acres to Lincoln Woods State Park with the recent purchase of Sunset Stables, which abuts the park entrance on Twin River Road. The property, which includes a riding ring, stables, a residence, trails and backlands, is one of the last large properties available to expand Lincoln Woods State Park, DEM's most heavily utilized urban park.
"The purchase furthers the Department's goal of saving fast disappearing public access to equestrian recreation in close proximity to urban settings," said Larry Mouradjian, Chief of DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation.
Horseback lessons and trail rides, historical uses of the property, will continue to be offered at the Sunset Stables site by Lynn's Riding School, under a one-year transitional lease agreement with DEM. During that time the Department will look to assess plans for a new equestrian facility on site. Mouradjian noted that DEM will also have a new equestrian facility at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick.
Other plans for the Sunset Stables area include renovating the residence for the use of a caretaker to provide 24-hour resident security at Lincoln Woods.
The property was purchased from Linda Waskan of Lincoln for $450,000, with $400,000 of state open space bond funds and a $50,000 contribution from The Nature Conservancy.
Douglas Parker, Director of The Nature Conservancy, said, "It is great to work with the state to add to Lincoln Woods, for all the public benefits it provides. The Sunset Stables property also makes a nice addition to the corridor of open space in Lincoln that we and the town and state have been working on."