Volunteers Sought: Please Register for Parks Clean-Up Set for April 16

Councilwoman Amy Standaert is taking the lead in organizing the 2016 Town of Clifton Park Clean-Up Day, and is looking for volunteers as groups or individuals to lend a hand. This year’s annual spring event is set for Saturday, April 16, and starts at 9 a.m. at the location assigned or requested.

Groups of all sizes and all abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate. Volunteers representing the Town’s G.R.E.E.N. Committee, the Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Committee, and CERT are already on deck to help for this event.

Your help is needed in cleaning up seasonal debris along the Mohawk River that washes ashore at various locations including: Mohawk Landing Nature Preserve, located on Riverview Road between Riverview Orchards and Brian Drive; and at several entrances and locations to access the Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve, such as: at the end of Sugar Hill Road, within view of the hydroelectric dam; at the end of Ferry Drive; and at the Whipple Bridge entrance at the intersection of Riverview Road and Van Vranken Road.

Our large parks and nature preserves could also use community focus:  Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve, located off of Pierce Road; Collins Park, located off of the northern end of Moe Road; Garnsey Park, located off of NYS Route 146, just past Nott Road; North Woods Nature Preserve, with its trailhead entrance between 38 and 40 Shadow Wood Way; Veterans Memorial Park & Mooney Carrese Forest, off of Elks Trail (road) off the north side of MacElroy Road, to name a few.

Volunteers are also welcome to help clean-up of garbage and sweep off loose debris off of paved trails and sidewalks located throughout town such as: the Moe Road Trail, the Van Patten Drive Trail, the Ushers Road Trail, the NYS Route 156 sidewalks, the Maxwell Drive Trail, and the various segments that comprise the “Clifton Park Center Trail” that starts at Park Lane Estates, and crosses south of Clifton Park Center Road, into Meadow Estates, Addison Estates, Summerhill, The Oaks and Wishing Well neighborhoods, as key examples.

If you identify another park, preserve or trail that needs attention, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

work group Friends of Mohawk Towpath Byway Nov 2015 IMG_1423
Friends of the Mohawk Towpath Byway conducted a 2015 clean-up at the Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve along the Towpath Connector Trail and Clute’s Dry Dock future project site. Photo credit: Eric Hamilton.

Please register your group by calling us with your contact information and to arrange for a specific park or nature preserve location: please tell us your name, the group name, if any, the number estimated for the size of the group, phone number and email address. Call Town Hall at (518) 371-6651 and ask to speak to, or leave a message for Councilwoman Amy Standaert.