We have a big backyard. Close to 50% of Ipswich Land is protected open space.
According to MassGIS (www.mass.gov/mgis/ ):
The total land area of Ipswich is approximately 33 square miles or 21,120 acres.
* Approximately 46.7% (9856 acres or 15.4 square miles) of Ipswich is “open space” – defined as land owned by the town, state, or federal government or by private, non-profit conservation organizations for conservation purposes; or land restricted by conservation restrictions held by a public or private entity.
* Approximately 24% of the total open space land in Ipswich is Town open space land (land owned by the Town for conservation purposes or conservation restrictions held by the Town).
* This means 11.25% (3.7 square miles or 2376 acres) of the total land area in Ipswich is Town open space land.