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Re: [RC] Original Thread, on Potential Closure of Greensfelder Park (St. Louis, Mo. Area) Oops! - Linda Marins

Let this be a lesson--anybody who is thinking of willing their
land to be a public park whose use will include equestrians,
you've *got* to put language into the deed that requires the
land remain open to equestrians in *all* of its original forms
and in any *new* forms in perpetuity or something dreadful
will happen to it, such as having the ownership revert to your
descendants.  You also probably need to create some kind of
a corporation that can claim legal "standing" to sue the
government entity when this clause is violated 10, 20, 30,
50 years in the future.

The Massachusetts Audubon Society case is notorious.
Their 600 acre Broadmoor Farms wildlife sanctuary in
Natick is an old horse farm that was donated to Mass
Audubon in the 1950's by Mass Audubon's then-president.
The decades roll on, the composition of the Mass Audubon
Board of Directors changes to where it is dominated by
enviro-nazi types who hate horses, and the next thing
you know, they are banning horses from the trails
that cross the property.

By the way, my suggestion to you is to get hold of Kandee
Haertel.  She'll know the best ways to fight this, and may
even have time to help you now that she is no longer Director
of the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource.  I assume
you already know about http://ww.eclr.org

Linda Marins


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[RC] Original Thread, on Potential Closure of Greensfelder Park (St. Louis, Mo. Area) Oops!, Lucie Hess