Bryon Backenson – Co-Chairman
William Connor, Jr.
Michael Hartnett, Esq.
The next OPEN SPACE, TRAILS & RIVERFRONT COMMITTEE MEETING will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. at the Town of Clifton Park's Public Safety Building. Members of the public are invited to attend.
INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK - GUIDED BOTANICAL WALK is on Thursday, July 12, 2018 with a meet-up at 5:30 p.m. and start of walk at 6 p.m. at the Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve. The walk is about 1 - 1.5 miles, and will last until about 7:30 p.m. Meet up at the Main Entrance at the Whipple Bridge, at the intersection of Riverview Road and VanVranken Road. For more information call (518) 371-6054.
AWESOME AUTUMN GUIDED BIKE RIDE: SAVE - THE - DATE! Join members of the Town of Clifton Park's Trails Subcommittee for a guided bike ride on Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jonesville Fire Department, Main Street, Jonesville. All are welcome. All participants are required to ride with a helmet. Town Historian John Scherer will offer historical stories at periodic stops along the way.
4th ANNUAL "Things that Go Bump in the Night" family-friendly Evening Nature Event will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, early evening, at the Veterans Memorial Park & Mooney Carrese Forest. SAVE-THE-DATE! Registration will be available through the Parks & Recreation Department's Online Registration. (518) 371-6054.
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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 2018 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 on Dec. 28, 2005.
We would like to introduce you to the many natural areas, parks and nature preserves that are open to the public in the Town! Join the Town one or more of their "working, stewardship hikes" in 2018-19. All hikes are on the First Friday of the months and start at 1pm and may last up to two hours. To learn more click on Stewardship Hikes 2018 to 2019