NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sherman resident Gary Goldring, a developer and philanthropist, has saved the 820-acre Great Hollow Nature Preserve from disrepair with a multimillion-dollar renovation after purchasing the property from the YMCA of Western Connecticut, according to News-Times.
A grand opening will be held Sunday to show off the ecologically important property, which spans two state parks. The area will be used as a preserve for area families to enjoy, as well as an environmental research center. Officials said the areas offers a rich diversity of ecosystems for study and environmental research, said News-Times.
In addition to the land, during renovations, the former Merritt homestead, which predates the American Revolution, was renovated and will serve as a conference center for the preserve. The building also includes bedrooms and bathrooms and plans are for it to be used as an artists-in-residence program, added News-Times.
The grand opening will include music, food and other family activities. Other upcoming events include a spring flower class at 10 a.m. Saturday; a program on bears on May 21; and an art display by the Harts Gallery of New Milford during the grand opening on Sunday.
The preserve will offer hiking and environmental classes of all kinds throughout the year.
For information, follow the preserve's Facebook page.