Trail group wants town to make its mark

The Clifton Park Town Council is considering a recommendation by the town's Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Committee to create town signage denoting different places in town including trails, points of interest and parks.

We want to connect people in Clifton Park to our parks, preserves and historic sites, said committee member Justin Ochryrm, who made a presentation to the council Monday, July 7.

The committee said reasons for designing and placing signs are numerous, but include the unification of the community and making people aware of outdoor activities.

Some signs the committee discussed using in the town were directional signs at key intersections or banner signs to welcome people to the town.

Ochrym said kiosk and map signs could be used at trailheads, which could also use symbols to identify specific spaces like picnic areas.

Growing up, Ochrym, who is 19, said he was unaware of all the amenities Clifton Park offered, and that a unified town signage could be beneficial.

The committee said there is a lack of signs and clear direction along the trails.

"Signage would help to make people aware of trails in town," Ochrym said.

After seeing signs in Rochester in 2007 during a Parks and Trails New York Award event, the committee decided to evaluate the use of signs in Clifton Park.

Although the town does have some signs in place, the committee would like to expand on these designs throughout the town.

Barrett said the town needs a new sign at Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve.

"I think this is very important at this time," said Councilman Tom Paloucci.

"We have several different types of trails in our inventory and this would help people identify those," Paloucci said.

Other town council members seemed to agree and were pleased with the committee's recommendations.

The town has more than 15 miles of trail some of which connect to neighboring towns.

In other business, Barbara McHugh, the town's community development director, discussed the Town's Hazardous Waste Day slated for Saturday, Sept. 20.

She encouraged residents to register online for waste disposal at cliftonpark.org.

Residents will receive a confirmation number and time slot to drop of their waste at 22 Ray Road in Clifton Park.

Hazardous waste includes items like fluorescent light tubes, pool chemicals, electronics and chemicals.

Residents must register for a time by Wednesday, Sept. 10.""

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