Kayaderosseras Creek in Milton's Boice Park/Ballston Journal

Milton’s Boice Park Is a Gem

I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, though continuing to write news stories for the Journal.

As a (part-time) news reporter, I often cover town and village board meetings, and my stories about the Milton Town Board have sometimes involved Boice Family Park, which is located south of Rock City Falls, at Creekside Drive west of Rock City Road.

It’s a fairly new park, developed as part of a housing development, and is still a work in progress. (That first link above is about a potential expansion of the park, which is a great idea, and it could link up to other trails.) Until last week I only knew about Boice Park from those board meetings, and looking at maps and plans. I’d never actually been there. When I finally did go a few days ago, I was impressed well beyond expectations.

While you can sometimes see houses from the trails, they do not, as I had thought they might, detract from the park experience. There are several miles of trails, and though they could use cutting back in a couple of places, there is plenty of space to walk and (in some places) run. The wife and I are taking up running, planning our first 5K next month.

Signage is a work in progress, but I got where I needed to go, and even when I was a little lost I didn’t mind, as it was a pleasure to keep exploring this very beautiful place — especially where the trail runs alongside the Kayaderosseras Creek. And the preservation of the parkland helps protect the environment and purity of the creek.

So kudos to the donor Boice family, the Milton Town Board, Friends of the Kayaderosseras, the Boy Scouts and everyone else involved in developing this wonderful public facility.

And there are many others like it, in every town and village around here. Some, like the Malta Ecological Park, are not yet at their full potential. That park on Malta Avenue is worth a visit, but the trail system is not extensive. There are plans in place to add more trails, which would encourage more people to visit, to volunteer and nurture the park, as Boice Park is being nurtured in Milton. But it’s not clear if and when those trails will actually get built. They should be. Malta and everywhere else should follow the Boice Park model.

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Reporter Bob Conner has worked 21 years in various positions at the Gazette of Schenectady, and before that four years as a reporter at the Glens Falls Post-Star. He won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 250,000. Bob has a Phi Beta Kappa bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling from HVCC. He is a published author and is currently writing a historical novel about the last four months in the life of Ulysses S.Grant

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