Glenville residents want Indian Kill Field to be designated parkland
Residents continue to petition County Legislators to designate the field next to the Indian Kill Nature Preserve as parkland to stop any future development from changing its natural beauty.
During the County Legislature meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Glenville residents of Cedar Lane questioned why legislators hadn't voted to preserve the Indian Kill Field after reports of the county purchasing an additional 12 acres to expand the Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam. Also on the agenda was a resolution to call a public hearing to designate a parcel of .155 acres as parkland in Duanesburg, with the county owned property given to the town.
"I thought this was very encouraging," said Raymond Collar, Glenville resident, about the County expanding Plotter Kill. "It was also very frustrating to read that, because we have been trying for over five months to get the 'Indian Kill Field' preserved as open space or made into park land."
Controversy began in July over the potential development of land behind the homes of Cedar Lane residents when surveyors put out stakes into the field next to the Indian Kill Preserve as part of the initial stages to construct a new Glendale Nursing Home. In response, residents formed a community group, Friends of the Indian Kill Field, to help raise community awareness to protect the land, which also includes the "sledding hill" many residents use during winter months.
On Aug. 24, Chairwoman of the County Legislature Susan Savage said in a statement to
that the new Glendale Nursing Home would not be built on the Indian Kill Field, because the site has "inadequate space and difficult and costly engineering challenges."
"People are here doing this, because this is important to them," said Collar. "I don't know what more it takes? What more do you need to do this?"