Earlier today, the Town of Clifton Park formerly closed on the purchase of 37 acres of land from the Shenendehowa Central School District for the sum of $1.1 million dollars.
The land which is located in the Exit 9 area of Town was the subject of two public referendums in 2017 regarding its future. The second referendum which was held in December of 2017 provided overwhelming voter approval for the sale of the land from the school district to the Town.
“With this purchase, the future of the 37-acre parcel as a public recreational space for the entire community is ensured. The Town Board was able to achieve this due to the Town’s solid fiscal position which allowed for the purchase to be funded through the Town’s unassigned fund balance, commonly referred to as the surplus. Now that we have secured the purchase of the land, the Town Board will begin conducting a comprehensive, public planning process regarding the parcel’s future,” said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett.
The process will follow the same template as other long-term planning processes conducted by the Town Board in recent years and will include opinions and ideas from the community derived from public meetings. The Town is committed to investing funds to ensure there is a successful planning process and to complete short-term improvements to enhance resident’s enjoyment of the now public parcel. The Town Board has been extremely successful in acquiring grant funding and will aggressively pursue grants for every stage of the planning and execution process.