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CTE Plays A Role in Open Space Preservation

Monday, June 25, 2018

In middle Instructor Dennis Flynn speaking at Kinns Road Park press conference. Town and County officials on either side of him

Instructor Dennis Flynn speaking at Kinns Road Park press conference.

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors announced the transfer of Kinns Road Park to the town of Clifton Park to preserve open space and recreational land. County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Kinowski signed the deed to officially transfer the land to the Town of Clifton Park at a ceremony in the park on on June 21. The County and Town have worked together to maintain what has become a popular recreational area frequently used for hiking, walking, jogging and cross-country skiing.

“Saratoga County is committed to creating opportunities for our residents to enjoy the natural beauty we have so close to home,” said Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “County residents have grown to love this park space, and we’re happy to facilitate this preservation and provide ensure recreational opportunities for everyone.”

Kinns Road Park, exceeding more than 60 acres, and its trail network complement the Saratoga County Farmland and Open Space Program, which preserves more than 4,000 acres throughout the county.

“The Clifton Park Town Board is pleased that the Kinns Road Park, in its current form, will be preserved for generations into the future,” said Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett.  “Kinns Road Park is an integral part of the Town’s large and growing park and recreational network. Our team will continue to manage and maintain the park as we have for many years.”

In addition to the elected officials, Environmental Conservation and Forestry Instructor Dennis Flynn spoke at the land transfer ceremony. His students help conserve the land, selectively cutting down dead or diseased trees and maintaining the 1.23 mile loop of trails.

"This is a great project for my students," Flynn said. "We want to make it more suitable and aesthetically pleasing for the people using the park."

The class from the F. Donald Myers Center does the work in exchange for the educational benefits the students reap.

"Our partnership with BOCES has been just fantastic," Barrett said.

The partnership with the town gives Flynn’s students invaluable real-life experience. “They actually do work that's meaningful. They see what comes out of it," said Flynn.

“One of the best things about the project was getting the opportunity to deal with the public, to hear from the park’s users,” said Riley Bryant who also attended the ceremony. He completed the program in 2016 and is now a junior at Paul Smiths College.

The Kinns Road Park project is just one of many such community services projects that Career and Technical Education (CTE) students do. These projects give them an opportunity to use their skills in real world situations that benefit both the students and the respective organizations.  Each year, between both CTE centers, students log thousands of community service hours.

Media coverage of the event:

Times Union article
WAMC news report

8 people gather. Town and County officials sign agreement

Saratoga County and Town of Clifton Park officials sign agreement.

8 people stand. Instructor Dennis Flynn left with town officials and his students.

Instructor Dennis Flynn left with town officials and his students.