After the December 2016 vote of the Shenendehowa School Board to sell the surplus 34 acre parkland site off Moe Road to a developer, I was so discouraged. Lo and behold, a group of activist citizens joined up with the Friends of Clifton Park Open Space and forced a referendum to submit this proposal to the voters. In rejecting the sale with over 70 percent of the voters unified in opposition, a clear message was sent to the school board for a “do-over.”
Fortunately, the school board and the town were able to quickly put together a working team to negotiate the sale to the town of Clifton Park for a fair price of $1.1 million, and this new proposal will be the subject of a voter referendum on Dec. 5. My family urges yours to show up at Gowana Middle School on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and lend your yes vote to this critically important community initiative. I can think of no better way to start the holiday season with joy than to be among the strong supporters of this new central community park.