One of the last grass
airstrips still active in Massachusetts will live, thanks to the
Cape Cod town of Barnstable (MA). Town Council President Gary
Blazis said owners of the property signed documents last week
transferring ownership of the 217-acre airport to the town. The
Danforth family, owners of the strip, shut it down April 30th,
citing insurance costs.
The owners will get $11.2 million, money from the Cape Cod Land
Act. Its funds are to be used for recreational purposes.
Massachusetts law considers airports eligible for funding under
The entire town council must still approve the purchase at its
September 4th meeting. In operation for some eight decades, 2B1 is
the last grass strip on Cape Cod. There's no indication yet when it
will be reopened, but Blazis told the Cape Cod Times he
hopes it will be run just as it was before.