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Happy trails in Clifton Park

There are approximately 18 miles of multi-use trails in the town of Clifton Park.

There are approximately 18 miles of multi-use trails in the town of Clifton Park.

— Getting around on two wheels or two feet is becoming a more attractive options with rising fuel costs, and in Clifton Park that’s poised toget a bit easier.

There are about 18 miles of multi-use trails in the town, andrecent partnerships among the town, Shenendehowa School District and CAPTAIN (Community Action for Parents, Teens and Interested Neighbors), along with recent grant awards, have helped to form a cohesive trail system.

“We try to make more connections between the trail systems and the neighborhoods. In the last 12 years we’ve had several projects. …We’ve been able to secure a number of grants for trail expansion in town and created a comprehensive trail plan,” said Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett.

It is the town’s vision that there will be a continuation of diverse trails, and an interconnection of primary (or trunk) trails with secondary (or feeder) pathway segments, according to a document dedicated to outlining recreational facilities within the town. In 2010 Shenendehowa completed construction of sidewalks on the campus and worked with the town tomake crosswalk improvements on both Moe Road and Clifton Park Center Road utilizing a Safe Routes to School grant. In 2011, the town, school district and the Clifton Park Halfmoon library opened the library trail connecting Moe Road trails to the sidewalk on Wall Street near the YMCA.

“It provides conductivity between neighborhoods, schools and park facilities and provides for safe travel for residents in the town. When the weather is nice, you’ll see people out all over town using the trails,”said Barrett of the trail system.

One of the grants awarded to the Shenendehowa Central School District, in partnership with the town, is a $4,800 grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The money will be used to conduct a bicyclist and pedestrian safety education program entitled Bike Safe Walk Smart for students in grades three to five during the month of May.

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