Posted by: Bridgett Hernandez

  • 12/13/2022

ACRES protects 110 acres in Auburn

ACRES Land Trust has acquired Greenhurst Commons, a 110-acre urban nature preserve in the City of Auburn, through a full donation.

The property was the grounds of the former Greenhurst golf course. When it went up for sale in 2013, Abby and Mark Millett and Rick and Vicki James worked to ensure the green space would remain intact. They purchased the property and opened paved trails for the public to enjoy.

Photo by Jarrid Spicer

To ensure the natural area will continue to benefit the community for generations to come, they decided to donate Greenhurst Commons to ACRES. Once the nonprofit owns and protects land, it will never sell or transfer the deed.

“ACRES is Indiana’s first local land trust with a proven track record. ACRES not only will protect the land, but also will restore crucial habitat for native plants and animals. We are confident that with ACRES’ stewardship, Greenhurst Commons will be protected in perpetuity for all to enjoy,” Abby Millett said.

Photo by Jarrid Spicer

The trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk, with parking at 1740 North Main Street, Auburn, IN 46706. The entire trail system is paved, making it suitable for wheelchairs and other mobility devices, as well as bicycles.

The overall visitor experience will remain mostly unchanged under ACRES’ ownership. In the coming months, ACRES plans to update signage and route the trail into a loop system. Visitors may notice posted rules that help limit the impact on this natural area.

Cedar Creek flows through Greenhurst Commons. Photo by Jarrid Spicer

With the acquisition of Greenhurst Commons, ACRES now protects six properties and 571 acres in DeKalb County. This urban preserve also builds on ACRES’ work in the Cedar Creek Corridor. ACRES and other conservation partners protect over 1,600 acres along this scenic waterway.


Jodie - January 13, 2023 - 10:07 am

We are so grateful for those who donate to the wellbeing of communities. Greenspace is a huge resource for healthy communities. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Peg Maginn - January 10, 2023 - 11:33 am

How exciting! It's a wonderful and generous donation.

Mary Gibson - December 14, 2022 - 8:52 am

What a wonderful gift. For many future generations. Thank you.

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