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Pheeny's Island Ropes Course Developer Passes Away

Ken Leavitt, who planned to develop a ropes course in Norton, passed away this month.

Ken Leavitt
Ken Leavitt
The developer who planned to build a ropes course and adventure camp on Pheeny's Island in Norton has passed away.

According to an obituary that appeared in the Boston Globe, Kenneth Read Leavitt died on Dec. 17.

"Ken's true passion was for the outdoors and his desire was to unite families through adventures in nature," his obituary reads. "At the time of his death he was developing two aerial treetop adventure courses here in MA. He enjoyed hiking, kayaking, snowboarding and boating on Lake Winnepesaukee."

Leavitt's plan for a ropes course drew significant opposition in Norton. In 2012, Norton residents introduced a proposal at Town Meeting to buy back the island. The article ultimately failed.

At the time of his death, access to the island was up for negotiation. Town Officials issued a Request for Proposals in December to lease land at 237 Mansfield Avenue, where Leavitt had hoped to gain access to the island.

For Leavitt's full obituary, click here.


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