When the snow returns, please remember that Town facilities are ready for your outdoor enjoyment. The Western Turnpike Golf Course offers groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails with equipment available during regular business hours at the Parks’ Office on Route 146, opposite Tawasentha Park. The Winter Recreation Area, just south of Tawasentha Park on Route 146, offers a popular sledding hill. The Parks and Recreation Department’s webpage and office ((518) 456-3150) has information about winter activities and current conditions.
Parks Department’s employees are busily getting Town parks and the golf course ready for the upcoming outdoor season. This preparatory work includes planning and mapping additional hiking trails in the growing Town-owned open spaces, including the recently acquired 54 acres adjacent to the west of the 70 acre Town-owned open space in the Twenty West subdivision. The combined 124 acre open space will be the home of Vosburgh Trails, a hiking trial that will provide access to scenic views, a waterfall, and a foot/bike bridge over the Normanskill Creek where it meets the Watervliet Reservoir. Trailheads are presently located beyond the barn on Vosburgh Road and at the end of Millingstone Way. A future trailhead is planned for French’s Mill Road near the foot/bike bridge.
On a recent frigid Saturday, with the help of 11 fellow Boy Scout Troop 3050 members, Jesse Bulla completed his Eagle Scout project by constructing and installing an informational kiosk at the Vosburgh Road trailhead. When the trails are ready for use later this spring, the kiosks will have trail maps and informational materials. Over the years, Boy and Girl Scouts have helped with numerous projects, including trail maintenance, crossings, and mapping, which have beautified and enhanced the enjoyment of Town parks. Upon behalf of the Town residents, I thank these young men and women for their efforts.
Warmer weather will allow for resumption of several Town-sponsored infrastructure projects. The Town Board recently awarded contracts for the surveying of water lines and other infrastructure for the McKownville stormwater infrastructure project. This work is the final step in preparing maps and specifications for construction contracts that the Town anticipates awarding in the spring. The Town will also construct a sidewalk on Western Avenue which will link Hamilton Square and Regency Apartments with the Guilderland Library and Guilderland Elementary School. We also anticipate awarding contracts for the pump station and work necessary to connect the Town’s water system with the Town of Rotterdam. In the next few months, we will share details about DOT’s repaving of Western Avenue between the City line and Church Road later this year and its planned redesign of the Carman Road/Lydius Street intersection.
On February 22nd at Noon at the Albany County Office Building (first floor Cahill Room), 112 State Street, Albany, Town resident Aaron Mair will provide a presentation about the Battle of Normanskill which took place near the site of the Town’s Community Gardens on Route 146 and was the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Albany County. Mr. Mair’s talk is part of Albany County’s celebration of Black History Month and will highlight the historic role of Black soldiers in the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the battle. For more information about this and other events in the County’s recognition of Black History Month, please contact Tyrell Gladden, the County’s Director of Affirmative Action, at (518) 447-7010.
The Town and the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Veterans’ organizations to create the Hometown Heroes Banner Program which will honor residents of Guilderland, Berne, Knox and Westerlo who are veterans or who are serving in our Nation’s Armed Forces. Each of the 28 planned banners will honor a service member by including his or her name, branch of service and photo and will be affixed to light poles at Tawasentha Park and the Guilderland Public Library. An opening ceremony is planned for Saturday, April 28th at Tawasentha Park. The banners will be flown until a closing reception in November when the retired banners will be presented to the honored service member’s family or sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring a banner at a cost of $150, you can download a sponsorship form on the Town’s website or the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce’s website (www.guilderlandchamber.com). For more information, please contact the Chamber at (518) 456-6611 or Parks & Recreation at (518) 456-3150.
Thank you again for taking the time to read these notes.
Peter G. Barber, Town Supervisor