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New Rexford Commons to include recreation and nature area

"That's going to be the most important factor, so that we're applying the right amount of parking, the right amount of field space, the right type of space," said C.T Male engineer Frank Palumbo. "The other important part of this property is that it won't be just for athletic use, it will be for open space and recreational space as well."

The initial concept design calls for 11 athletic fields, a pavilion area, a large playground, a recreation center and numerous walking and biking trails.

The early plans also show an entrance at the intersection of Route 146 and Nott Road. Palumbo said that a traffic light at that intersection may be necessary, but he stressed that the concept plan is still in early stages and may change before construction begins.

Peter Clinton, the president of the Clifton Park Soccer Club, said the potential for a Rexford Commons was exciting. The soccer club has experienced wide success with its annual July youth soccer tournament, which this year included 150 teams.

"Clifton Common is the most beautiful place in New York state as far as I'm concerned. I think it's a marvelous place, but it is land locked, we can't expand. This gives us the opportunity to grow," Clinton said. "We need more space."

Councilman Scott Hughes, the other incumbent Republican candidate for town board, called the new park a win-win situation for everyone. As he looked out at the undeveloped land, he imagined what it would look like when finally completed.

"I can't wait to get my daughter out here when they get it all running," Hughes said. "This is going to be where we spend our weekends. I love the idea of people picnicking over there, you've got other people riding their bikes, you've got soccer games going on. It's just going to have a very cool vibe to it."

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