Kathleen Collar, who also lives on Cedar Lane, said the community has used the area for several years. Cedar Lane residents also plow pathways into the field above the hill, allowing for an accessible walk throughout the area Collar referred to as Indian Kill Field.
"We see this whole field as [the wildlife's] buffer between the Indian Kill Nature Preserve and a suburban neighborhood, and to take any of this would put wildlife into distress," said Collar.
Jack Burton, who used to run track at Burnt Hills High School, said the team used the field for track practice, and someone from the school measured out the distance of the plowed pathways.
"We would hold kind of mini-practices down here because they started closing the track at the high school because of construction, so we used this as a secondary track," said Burton.
Vicki Van Patten, Cedar Lane resident, said people also use the field for stargazing.
"Another aspect of the field is the stargazing is amazing," said Van Patten. "My husband is a stargazer, and we bring friends out into the fields, and we are able to identify different constellations during different times of the year."
Van Patten said she also painted her kitchen to match the fall colors of the field because she thought they were beautiful.
Nicole Banach, a 19-year-old Cedar Lane resident, said she has many fond memories of playing in the field as a child.
"All I want for my birthday is for this to stay in my backyard," said Banach. "My best childhood memories were out here, and I can't think of a better place for a child to grow up and have this in their backyard."
Collar said the community group,
Preserve the Field at Indian Kill
, is only concerned with the placement of the new facility and not against the nursing home being built.