Open Space Contact Info

Jennifer Viggiani
Open Space Coordinator
Town Planning Department

phone icon (518) 371-6054
fax icon (518) 371-1136
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map icon One Town Hall Plaza
      Clifton Park, NY 12065

Committee Leadership

Bryon Backenson – Co-Chairman
David Miller – Co-Chairman
James Romano – Town Board Liaison

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

2017 Members:

David Miller
William Connor, Jr.
Gerald Burr
Frank Berlin
Raymond Seymour
Isabel Prescott
Anthony Wilkinson
Roy Casper
Alicia Jacobs
Kristin Murphy
James McCain
Michael Hartnett, Esq.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The Annual, Awesome Autumn Bike Ride, a guided, casual pace, bicycle tour throughout Clifton Park is set for Sunday, October 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Meet-up at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center.  This is a 10-12 mile ride. Helmets are required. Please see the flyer: pdf Guided Bike Ride - Oct 8 (66 KB)

The next OPEN SPACE, TRAILS & RIVERFRONT COMMITTEE MEETING will be held on Wednesday, October 11, at 6:15 p.m. at the Town of Clifton Park's Public Safety Building. Members of the public are invited to attend.

The 3rd Annual Things That Go Bump in the Night, family-friendly, nature event is Saturday, October 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.  pdf Bump in the Night Family Nature Event 2017 (599 KB)

image Trail, view, Fall 2017 at Veterans Memorial Park (2.59 MB)

For the full schedule of the meetings of the Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Committee, please see:

document 2017 Schedule - Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Committee  (253 KB)


ERIE CANAL BICENTENNIAL FUN:  Below are featured the hikers who ventured out to the new Erie Canal Community Connector Pedestrian Bridge for the Celebration of Open Space & History Day on May 13, 2017.

new pedestrian bridge 2017                           





  pdf Things That Go Bump in the Night is Saturday, Oct. 14! (599 KB)

  pdf Bump in the Night Family Nature Event 2017 (599 KB)  

 Photo of wildflowers

A Field Guide to Wildflowers

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Link to Open Space Documents    


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 2017 co-chairs are Bryon Backenson and 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 on Dec. 28, 2005.


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Upcoming Events

18 Dec 2017;
12:00PM -
18 Dec 2017;
02:30PM - 03:30PM
18 Dec 2017;
07:00PM -
Town Board Meeting

Contact Us - 518-371-6651

1 Town Hall Plaza
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm