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Press Release: Clifton Park Receives $5,000 Greenway Grant for Vischer Ferry Preserve Project

12/5/2012 11:16:51 AM

(Albany, NY) Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, is pleased to announce the Town of Clifton Park has received a $5,000 matching Greenway Communities Grant for design resources to create a gateway as part of the new public access project planned for Ferry Drive. A total of $30,000 was awarded to five community projects in the Hudson Valley through the 2012 Greenway Council Community Grant Program.

Contact: Mark Castiglione                                                                                  For Immediate Release

(518) 473-3835                                                                                                      December 5, 2012

 

Clifton Park Receives $5,000 Greenway Grant for
Vischer Ferry Preserve Project

 

            (Albany, NY) Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, is pleased to announce the Town of Clifton Park has received a $5,000 matching Greenway Communities Grant for design resources to create a gateway as part of the new public access project planned for Ferry Drive. A total of $30,000 was awarded to five community projects in the Hudson Valley through the 2012 Greenway Council Community Grant Program.

 

            The Town of Clifton Park will work with professional landscape architects and engineers on the project design to enhance the overall sense of place at this gateway to the Mohawk Towpath Trail, the Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve and the beautiful view of the Mohawk River at the end of Ferry Drive. The site plan will restore and reuse the Ferry Drive stone bridge abutment for a scenic overlook of the Mohawk River, with Niskayuna in view.  Additionally, the project will enhance the delineation of the public, pedestrian space by reconnecting the two segments of the Erie Canal towpath trail into a continuous linear greenway, and enhance the overall public access to the historic canal features, the towpath trail, the scenic overlook, and the Mohawk Riverfront.  An improved gateway design also would provide for kayak and canoe access, and a clear area for vehicle and bicycle parking would be incorporated. The Town of Clifton Park will work closely with the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Commission, Inc. and the New York State Canal Corporation to enhance the gateway to this towpath trail.

 

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, “This project will enhance recreational opportunities, public access, and provide better natural and scenic resource interpretation by reconnecting people to these historically significant sites and the landscape that surrounds them.  This project supports Governor Cuomo’s vision for economic development and revitalization because these investments will not only enhance quality of life, but the improvements will also support our robust tourism economy.”

 

            “The Clifton Park Town Board is proud to partner with organizations like the Hudson River Valley Greenway for projects that improve public access and trail connections to our town’s historical landmarks,” Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said. “We are grateful for the Hudson River Valley Greenway’s support to enhance our Mohawk River scenic overlook at Ferry Drive and revitalize the site’s existing Erie Canal Towpath connection.”

            The Hudson River Valley Greenway works with communities on a voluntary basis to assist in the development of local land use plans and programs related to the Greenway criteria. Greenway community planning projects can be undertaken by a single community to address local issues or a group of communities working together to address both local and regional issues. Greenway Communities Grant Program provides matching grants to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic development considerations with resource protection and promotion objectives. The deadline for the next round of grant applications is December 7, 2012.

The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a unique state-sponsored program established by the Greenway Act of 1991.  Presently, 272 out of the 325 eligible municipalities within the Greenway area have joined the Greenway.  The program is designed to encourage communities to develop projects and initiatives related to the criteria of natural and cultural resource protection, regional and local planning, economic development, public access to the Hudson River (as well as other regional and local resources), and heritage and environmental education.  It provides technical assistance and small grants for planning, water trail and land-based trails and other projects that reinforce the Greenway Criteria.  In keeping with the New York tradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority and participation of municipalities in Greenway programs and projects is entirely voluntary. The Greenway also manages the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. 

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