Open Space Contact Info

Jennifer Viggiani
Open Space Coordinator
Town Planning Department

phone icon (518) 371-6054
fax icon (518) 371-1136
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map icon One Town Hall Plaza
      Clifton Park, NY 12065

Committee Leadership

Bryon Backenson – Co-Chairman
David Miller – Co-Chairman
James Romano – Town Board Liaison

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

2018 Members:

David Miller
William Connor, Jr.
Gerald Burr
Frank Berlin
Raymond Seymour
Isabel Prescott
Anthony Wilkinson
Roy Casper
Alicia Jacobs
Kristin Murphy
James McCain
Michael Hartnett, Esq.                                                                                                                                             

James Flaherty

Paul Jesep                                                                                                                                                                      


The next OPEN SPACE, TRAILS & RIVERFRONT COMMITTEE MEETING will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. at the Town of Clifton Park's Public Safety Building. Members of the public are invited to attend.

APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL:  Celebrate the spring season on Saturday, May 12, 2018 with activities at Riverview Orchards, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HAMLET HISTORY HOP:  Explore Vischer Ferry hamlet and the Erie Canal in the nearby Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve for Hamlet History Hop on Saturday, May 19, 2018, with activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

pdf Hamlet History Hop in Vischer Ferry- May 19, 2018 - Event Program (395 KB)

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY - GUIDED BIKE RIDE:  Join members of the Town of Clifton Park's Trails Subcommittee for a guided bike ride on Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Meet up at the Historic Grooms Tavern.  All are welcome.  All participants are required to ride with a helmet.  Town Historian John Scherer will offer historical stories at periodic stops along the way.  Route is about 12 to 14 miles. 






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The Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Committee offers advisory recommendations to the Town Board for implementing the Town’s Open Space Program and managing the town’s public lands.  The Town’s Open Space Program is based on the Town of Clifton Park Open Space Plan adopted by the Town Board in 2003.  The program includes activities such as: the acquisition of land and conservation easements to protect water quality and ensure clean drinking water, and to conserve natural areas for wildlife habitat and farmland for supporting local agriculture; the provision of additional parkland for recreation; the continuation of town-wide trail connections; and the protection of scenic and historic places.  Additionally, the Trails Subcommittee provides ongoing recommendations to the Planning Board and to the Town Board for implementing pedestrian and bicyclist facilities improvements and town-wide connections.  The committee meets regularly and all meetings are open to the public.  The 2018 chairperson is David J. Miller.

The Town of Clifton Park Town Board appointed the inaugural Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Subcommittee in January 2006, following an earlier Open Space Plan Advisory Committee led by David J. Miller and Jim Romano, which had conducted a public open space planning process from 2001 through 2003, and early implementation from 2003 through 2005.  The current Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Committee was formed to bring together the former Open Space Implementation Committee, the Trails Committee and a Riverfront Study Committee to work towards common, complementary and mutual goals and objectives, and fully implement the 2003 Town of Clifton Park Open Space Plan, adopted by the Town Board. The formation of the advisory committee coincided with the appointment of the town’s first Open Space Coordinator, Jennifer Viggiani, who started on Dec. 28, 2005.


We would like to introduce you to the many natural areas, parks and nature preserves that are open to the public in the Town of Clifton Park.  To learn more and to participate, click on Clifton Park Guided Hikes March-June 2018

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Upcoming Events

28 May 2018;
Town Hall Closed
30 May 2018;
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Community Garden Meeting
01 Jun 2018;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Stewardship Hike at William K. Collins Park

Contact Us - 518-371-6651

1 Town Hall Plaza
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm