|Dikovsky Sign on Buddington Rd|
|The Rec Path overlooks the new property|
The new open space expands the Shelton Lakes Greenway, a corridor of natural green space that encompasses more that 450 acres of woodlands, three reservoirs, a dog park, gardens, and eleven miles of hiking trails. Click here for a Google Map aerial showing the property boundaries. The four-mile Shelton Lakes Recreation Path is a multi-use trail completed in 2012.
|Eugene Dikovsky at Buddington Rd|
|Basil moving chickens from brooder house to main coop c.1949|
|Basil Dikovsky moving chickens c.1949|
In the early years Nadezda washed clothes in the brook and the family collected mushrooms in the valley. They also grew produce, kept goats, and collected many gallons of honey from bee hives. In 2011, the small stream flowing along the valley floor was officially named Basil Brook in honor of Basil Dikovsky, who previously donated a portion of his property for the Rec Path.
The City is paying $450,000 for the 13.1-acre property in three installments with the final payment to be made in July of 2014. Although the City will not take title to the property before the final payment, it will have use of the land and has the option of removing a large chicken coop that is in disrepair. Mr. Dikovsky has kept a portion of the farm for his home and also retains life use of all the farm buildings except for the coop that may be removed. Open space purchases in residentially zoned areas are often used as a tool to keep local tax rates from increasing. The cost of City services required by most new subdivisions, especially the cost of school services, is greater than the amount of tax revenues collected from new residents. Open space purchases in residential areas therefore pay for themselves over time.