David Miller – Co-Chairman
See the Open Space Program's website: www.cliftonparkopenspaces.org
The Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Committee meets monthly and their meetings are open to the public. The committee conducts its work through multiple, active subcommittees: Stewardship, Trails, Farmland Protection & Agriculture, Communications/Website, Events/Activities/Programs, and Land Preservation & Acquisition. Please contact the Open Space Coordinator for more information. Councilman Anthony Morelli is the Liaison from the Town Board.
The OPEN SPACE, TRAILS & RIVERFRONT COMMITTEE's next meeting is Wed., June 8, 2022, at 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Clifton Park Town Hall. Please call the Open Space Coordinator at (518) 371-6054 to confirm.
Clifton Park's Clean Sweep Town-Wide Clean Up Day was Saturday, April 23, 2022. THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered their time and talents for the Clifton Park Community!
The Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Advisory Committee's 2022 Members are:
NEW! UPDATED TRAILS MAP -- April 2022 -- HAYES NATURE PARK
Eagle Scout Christian Blood conducted park improvements at Hayes Nature Park recently, working closely with the Stony Creek Park District I and Town of Clifton Park, including updating the Hayes Nature Park Trails Map and creating a QR code for easy reference for visitors. Below is his new 2022 Trails Map for Hayes Nature Park:
Visit KINNS ROAD PARK -- Virtually!
As part of a Girl Scout Gold Award Project completed in 2021, Alison Szczesny, has created a video series showcasing Kinns Road Park, posted January 2022, for viewers to experience the park when they are not able to be there in person!
Nature Trail Videos of Kinns Road Park
Below please find a collection of recent videos for visitors to screen and experience 14 trails at Kinns Road Park, during Spring and also during the Fall.
“Over the course of a year, I decided to walk and document each of 14 trails in Kinns Road Park. I recorded my hikes in the hopes of creating an online library of videos that would highlight the beauty of the park. I hiked each trail in both the mid fall and late spring. Over the course of the summer of 2021, I took the raw videos and smoothed them over, carefully editing them in ways that would highlight their natural wonder. Then, I worked with the Town of Clifton Park to add these virtual hikes to a new page off the Town’s website. I hope that my Girl Scout Gold Award Project makes this beautiful forest park accessible to all.”
--Alison Szczesny, Girl Scout Troop 2505, introducing her Girl Scout Gold Award 2021 Project
Spring Videos of Kinns Road Park - Click here for videos of 14 trails and what you would experience in Spring at Kinns Road Park.
Fall Videos of Kinns Road Park Videos - Click here for videos of 14 trails and what you would experience in Fall at Kinns Road Park.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ROCKS IN CLIFTON PARK!
As part of a Girl Scout Silver Award Project, Katherine Johnson, of Troop 2158, developed a "Geology Walks" informational brochure highlighting information about the geology of Clifton Park, in September 2021. The brochure, prepared as a community benefit project, offers educational information about rock formations in a visually interesting format, linked to locations where you can hike, walk, and stroll to see the "rocks of Clifton Park"! Some hard copies are now available at the Town of Clifton Park Town Hall Reception Area and the Parks & Recreation Department Offices. A digital brochure is also available by clicking below on the 2-page brochure:
More information about her project and additional resources on Geology can be found by clicking here: pdf Geology Project Background & Additional Resources (1.87 MB) .
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK & MOONEY CARRESE FOREST
Lenny Casper and Jim Flaherty, members of the Stewardship Subcommittee refreshed the Trail Markers at Veterans Memorial Park & Mooney Carrese Forest. Please see the Updated 2021 Trail Map below:
The Blue Trail is now open at the Town's Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve! Thank you to Eagle Scout Ryan Haug! You can start the Blue Trail at the Main Parking trailhead entrance off of Pierce Road.
VISCHER FERRY NATURE & HISTORIC PRESERVE: Want more info about this special place? Please see this 2002 Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve Brochure or visit www.cliftonparkopenspaces.org
WHIPPLE BRIDGE at VISCHER FERRY NATURE & HISTORIC PRESERVE: The iconic Whipple Bridge marks the prominent entrance to the preserve, located south of the intersection of Riverview Road and Van Vranken Road. This historic bridge was placed onsite in 1997 with the help of Union College and other volunteers, moved from its original location in Fonda, NY. For more information about the history of Whipple bridges and this particular span, please see an excerpt of the engineering students' 1996 study, here:
STEWARDSHIP HIKES - ARCHIVES:
If you missed the JULY 10, 2020 Stewardship program about GARNSEY PARK, you can still view it here as a PDF file: Virtual Stewardship Hike_Garnsey Park_7-10-20
If you missed the JUNE 5, 2020 Stewardship program about the 37 Acre of the new Town Center Park, you can still view it here as a PDF file: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AlFS35U05_VXg4JH0kWk6VUbMlLYUw?e=Y2cLHP
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The Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Committee offers advisory recommendations to the Town Board for implementing the Town’s Open Space Program and managing the town’s public lands. The Town’s Open Space Program is based on the Town of Clifton Park Open Space Plan adopted by the Town Board in 2003. The program includes activities such as: the acquisition of land and conservation easements to protect water quality and ensure clean drinking water, and to conserve natural areas for wildlife habitat and farmland for supporting local agriculture; the provision of additional parkland for recreation; the continuation of town-wide trail connections; and the protection of scenic and historic places. Additionally, the Trails Subcommittee provides ongoing recommendations to the Planning Board and to the Town Board for implementing pedestrian and bicyclist facilities improvements and town-wide connections. The committee meets regularly and all meetings are open to the public. The 2022 chairperson is David J. Miller.
The Town of Clifton Park Town Board appointed the inaugural Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Subcommittee in January 2006, following an earlier Open Space Plan Advisory Committee led by David J. Miller and Jim Romano, which had conducted a public open space planning process from 2001 through 2003, and early implementation from 2003 through 2005. The current Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Committee was formed to bring together the former Open Space Implementation Committee, the Trails Committee and a Riverfront Study Committee to work towards common, complementary and mutual goals and objectives, and fully implement the 2003 Town of Clifton Park Open Space Plan, adopted by the Town Board. The formation of the advisory committee coincided with the appointment of the town’s first Open Space Coordinator, Jennifer Viggiani, who started in 2005.