Purchase & Sale contract signed, fundraising goal achieved! $90,000 in donations & pledges toward the purchase of land where gays have been gathering since the early 1970s! On 8/4 the landowner signed the completed Purchase & Sale contract, the first legal step to transfer the ownership of the land from his family to Rock River Preservation Inc., the nonprofit gay men set up eleven years ago in the hopes this day might come!
If you were planning to donate but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, it would be great if you would still consider supporting Rock River Preservation because it will be facing increased financial demands once it owns the land. Primary among those will be new annual property taxes on 21 acres of prime real estate. RRP will work with a local forester in August and September to apply for conservation land tax status after the purchase becomes final in October. For the first tax year at least, RRP may have to pay the full tax rate on the property.
Thank you for making this possible – for those who came before us and are no longer here, for those who are still finding their way to Rock River and for those who will come along in years to come! [Click for Full Details and to Donate]
The family that owns the beaches, trails and cruising areas is selling that part of their land to Rock River Preservation, and we have July and August to raise the money needed to purchase and protect this historic gay sanctuary!
This is an Unprecedented Opportunity For the Gay Men at Rock River To Purchase Their Beaches & Trails!
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $90,000; AS OF JULY 20 WE HAVE $83,500 PLEDGED OR IN-HAND; ONLY $6,500 TO BE RAISED BY SEPT 15!
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Preserving Rock River for the future: The purchase is not about changing access or parking; it’s not about creating a campground. It’s only about preserving the Rock River experience as it has been for generations. No special privileges will be gained by anyone as a result of this purchase.
- Deeded as Conservation Land: The property will be deeded as conservation land, which restricts it from ever being developed.
- Size of land parcel: 21-plus acres, including the popular gay beaches and the paths above them.
- Fundraising Goal: $90,000, which includes the purchase price plus closing costs and contingencies.
- We’re 93% of the way to the goal! As of July 20 we have pledges and donations of $83,500, so we need to raise approximately $6,500!
- Fundraising Deadline: September 15 for an October 15 closing.
Rock River Preservation (RRP) formed as a nonprofit organization in 2005 for the purpose of ensuring public access to recreation areas along the Rock River. In 2007, RRP purchased 4.5 acres stretching 1.2 miles along the river. This parcel includes land leading up to the Jersey barriers on Williamsville Road, providing an alternative entry if current access to the town path off Depot Road becomes impassable. The parcel also includes the “family beach” and what many refer to as the “third beach” at a bend in the river near where the path meets a stairway.
Rock River Preservation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is fully tax deductible as allowed by law.
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