As has been the plan, earlier this month DPW crews began clearing dead, diseased, and compromised trees from the perimeter and interior of roughly 113 acres south of Clark and Whalen Roads—the former “back nine” of the golf course. DPW will continue this project along with traditional seasonal work in between snow and ice events and will be on site as much as possible as weather and schedules permit.
This cleanup is similar to the work we performed on the old front nine last spring/summer and consistent with our maintenance plan to make the long-neglected golf course safe for public use. That section was open to the public September 1, and we are now fulfilling our commitment to clean up and open the old back nine.
Our goal is to open this section to the public by the end of January 2019 for passive activities like hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. No motorized vehicles are permitted.
As I have stated before, public safety is our priority. During this cleanup period the public is not allowed on any portion of the former back nine–signs stating this have been placed on the property. We will get the word out when maintenance is complete and it is safe to enjoy this area.
I will keep everyone posted on our progress in my column and this website. In the meantime, if you give or receive cross country skis, snowshoes, or a sled as a gift this season you can try them out at any time on the land north of Clark Road. Then, if schedules go as planned, you can explore the trails, fields, and hills of the southern section later next month.
The Shadow Pines Land use Advisory Committee continues its work to recommend future uses of all the land to the Penfield Town Board.
Thank you for your patience as we perform this necessary work.