Former Preservation Parks volunteer donates to Gallant Farm


Linda Nester, a former Powell resident who enthusiastically gave of her time to Preservation Parks of Delaware County, continues to give even after her passing.

Nester, who died in June, 2015, recently donated $132,500 to the park district through her estate. The donation has been earmarked for Gallant Farm, the park where Nester spent much of her volunteer time.

Park staff remember Nester for her dedication, her warmth and her generosity.

“Linda left a lasting impression,” said Robin Mayes, Gallant Farm educator.

“Visitors loved her down-home hospitality. She met them at the door with a warm welcome and encouraged them to make themselves at home.”

The donation will be used for capital improvement projects at the farm, including a hay loft in the barn, livestock fencing, a fishing dock to be installed at the pond, and numerous other projects, according to education manager Rich Niccum. Those projects, he said, will be completed over the next couple of years.

Additionally, funds could be earmarked for Gallant Farm programming, day camp scholarships and school field trips to the farm, he said.

Nester was a Preservation Parks volunteer for seven years. Niccum said that, from the day it opened in 2012, Nester gravitated to Gallant Farm, a reproduction of a 1930s farm and part of the Preservation Parks system. She especially enjoyed working with the children who visited the farm, whether during field trips or public open hours, Niccum said in a news release.

“Linda was very passionate about kids coming to the farm, so we will continue to explore new programs and initiatives that support Linda’s love for sharing the natural and culture history of farm life in Delaware County,” he said.

Preservation Parks will recognize Nester’s dedication and contribution through a plaque that will be placed on a restored vintage 1930s porch glider, to be installed at the farm early next year.

But beyond the plaque, those who visit the park will see Nester’s imprint in the new projects and programs funded by her donation.

“We are delighted that her love of the parks in general, and for Gallant Farm in particular, will live on with the legacy she has gifted us,” Mayes said.