Clifton Park has a new place for recreation

Recreationists in Clifton Park have another option when seeking a day of fun or even just a pleasant view now that the town's Mohawk Landing park is officially open to the public.

Local officials gathered at the park on Tuesday, June 15, to cut the ribbon.

Our open space preservation program continues to grow, said Councilman Scott Hughes, who is the Town Board's liaison to the Open Space Committee.

Visitors can pull into a modest parking area off Riverview Road, just east of Riverview Orchards. From there, a short trek through the woods over a wide, maintained path leads to a clearing with several picnic tables, a view of the Mohawk River and a graded path down to the water.

The park is not designed to launch full-size boats, but instead smaller, unpowered craft such as kayaks or canoes. It's the town's first public access point to the Mohawk River.

"What we tried to do is make this a natural park for passive recreation, but it also offers active recreation," said Supervisor Philip Barrett.

The town purchased the 6-acre property from Joel and Isabel Prescott, owners of neighboring Riverview Orchards, for $202,000 in 2006. Of that, $100,000 was supplied through funds from the county's open space protection program, and the remainder of the money came out of the town's surplus.

Much of the cost of developing the park was covered through a $180,000 New York State Canal Corp's Erie Canal Greenway Grant Program grant. The remaining $107,970 in construction and engineering costs came out of the town's surplus.

Barrett praised the use of grant money in providing the facility to residents while keeping expense to the town low.

"We've been very careful when we put public funds toward these projects, and we get a great deal of public input," he said.

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