The Canal Corp is doling out $10 million to communities along the river for the development of infrastructure and recreational opportunities like Mohawk Landing. According to Carmella Mantello, director of the state Canal Corporation, 54 projects are under way and will benefit their host communities.
"So many times people forget that environmental preservation and recreation equates to economic development and tourism," she said.
The town has been developing open space preservation plans for 10 years, and officials say there are now 850 acres of protected open space in the town. Clifton Park is also in the process of drafting a recreation master plan and is seeking comment from residents. The second public workshop in this process will be held Thursday, June 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center at Clifton Common. A recreation needs survey is also being conducted through the town's Web site at www.cliftonpark.org.
Isabel Prescott, for one, said she was pleased to see access to the river provided by what was formerly her land.
"I think it's a wonderful piece of land that can be used not only for the community now, but for people in the future," she said.""