I’d like to share a general update on the status of the Clark House and Shadow Pines. In recent weeks, many of you will have noticed Town crews removing unhealthy and damaged trees and bushes, regular mowing around the grounds, and general site cleanup.
Just before COVID-19 hit, our Development Services Director began working with a party interested in opening a restaurant in the Clark House. Although the pandemic has slowed the process, they have remained very interested in helping to bring this local designated historic site back to a functioning facility for all to enjoy.
To that end, Plan Studio, an architectural firm specializing in historic buildings, is preparing a complete report of the condition of the Clark House with short- and long-term recommendations of what actions need to be taken to make the building useable.
The Town Board accepted the Conceptual Master Plan for the Shadow Pines property at its August 19 meeting and several different groups have been interested in discussing plans for disc golf, pickle ball and bike trails. I am sure there will be much continued discussion over the winter months.
(To learn more, go to ‘plans and studies’ at www.penfield.org to view both Shadow Pines Master Conceptual Plan documents: Shadow Pines Concept Plan Map and Shadow Pines Conceptual Plan Final Report.)
Overall, the Shadow Pines property continues to be very active with hikers, birders, and cross-country races. The weather has been wonderful for all ages to enjoy more than 200 acres of meadows, trees and trails. In the coming weeks and throughout the winter our DPW staff will be removing a number of dead trees to ensure the safety of all those using the property.
Speaking of winter, if there is good snowfall and COVID-19 is not putting a damper on activities, we hope to work again with the school district to groom cross-country trails for school and town use.
In the meantime, enjoy the property year-round, it is a wonderful community asset! With the increase in COVID-19 spread and the onset of cold weather, it’s important than ever that we all get outdoors—don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying the trails at Shadow Pines. As the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Bundle up and get outside.
As a reminder, Shadow Pines is available for passive recreation uses only, all dogs must be on leashes, and no motorized vehicles are permitted.
Our region is seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Please do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.
Be safe and be well!
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain