Support the Preservation of the Stony Creek Reservoir
The Stony Creek Reservoir forms the largest natural, undeveloped area in the Town of Clifton Park. Located between Grooms and Crescent Roads, east of Vischer Ferry Road, the property is nearly 1,000 acres of forested land and almost 365 acres of freshwater. The Town of Colonie has owned the Stony Creek Reservoir in Clifton Park for use as a water source for over 70 years, but in recent years it has largely been unused. As such, the Town is proposing to sell the property.
With the proposed sale looming, a broad coalition of citizens and organizations are working together to preserve this tremendous resource as a public conservation area.
Saratoga PLAN, along with the Town of Clifton Park, Open Space Institute, Friends of Clifton Park, SAVE Colonie: A Partnership for Planning, and many others are working to conserve this regional open space resource.
Open Space for All to Enjoy
Saratoga PLAN supports the efforts to preserve this property as it will provide benefits to the entire Capital Region. It is a rare opportunity to protect a property of this size that includes such a substantial body of water. Continued public ownership of Stony Creek Reservoir will prevent further development and urban sprawl in the dense eastern half of Clifton Park. It will also ensure that its pristine woodlands and waters will continue to provide important habitat for fish and migratory birds.
Additionally, benefits of public parks are not bound by municipal lines, and the potential recreational use will impact the communities well beyond Clifton Park. The Stony Creek Reservoir has the potential to provide a wide variety of public open space uses including hiking, passive recreation, and non-motorized use of the waterways. There are also possible agricultural, historical, and tourism opportunities for the Town of Clifton Park.
How You Can Help:
With help from the public, this land can be preserved for future generations of Capital Region residents and visitors. You can support a process for the Town of Clifton Park to work with the Open Space Institute toward the acquisition of the Stony Creek Reservoir from the Town of Colonie by signing the petition at: https://www.change.org/p/town-of-clifton-park-town-board-stony-creek-reservoir-for-sale
Watch this video about the Stony Creek Reservoir produced by SAVE Colonie: