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Clifton Park gets grant for new park planning process

Clifton Park gets grant for new park planning process

Clifton Park gets grant for new park planning process
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Clifton Park -- The town has received a $250,000 state grant to develop a plan for the new 37-acre park in the town's center.

State Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, secured the grant.

The town is continuing to encourage public input on a draft plan for the park through workshops and town meetings.

“This new Town Center Park is a beautifully forested hidden jewel that will now be accessible to and enjoyed by residents for generations to come,” Tedisco said in a press release. “I was proud to help return some tax dollars back to the 49th Senate District by securing this $250,000 state grant and protect this parkland that was created thanks to the overwhelming support of voters and the leadership of Supervisor [Phil] Barrett and the Clifton Park Town Board.”

Barrett released a statement thanking Tedisco. “The grant funds will be invested in enhancing the enjoyment of the 37-acre Town Center Park purchased by the Town Board and supported by so many Clifton Park residents.”

Clifton Park purchased the land from the Shenendehowa Central School District for $1 million in 2018 after an extensive back and forth, as well as two referendums, over what to do with the land.

Most recently, a rough draft plan for the park was released by the town, showing an emphasis on pedestrian accessibility, keeping the land naturally forested and incorporating opportunities to learn about the nature of the land.

As part of the town’s goal to make the park a resource for other community organizations as well, an outdoor classroom and interactive natural exhibits will be included for both the library and school district to use.

According to the town Park Planning Committee, final adjustments will be made to the plan and a final draft, which will include the cost of the total project and a timeline, will be presented in the fall.

The draft plan for the park can be viewed on the town’s website at www.cliftonpark.org.

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