by Team Borelli on Aug 15, 2015 News
Assemblyman Joseph Borelli (R – South Shore) has called upon the regional director of the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation urging the agency to look into the possibility of re-purposing Clay Pit Ponds Park in Charleston.
The park was originally configured to accommodate the large horse and equestrian community that flourished in the area surrounding the park. Over the years, the numbers of horses and equestrians have dwindled down to a handful, but Clay Pit’s extensive bridle paths and equestrian trails have remained as its signature amenity. The sand-trails intended for horses are not ideal for jogging, dog walking, or bicycling.
Additionally, there are several ponds located on the property that do not freeze and could be utilized for fishing or water-borne activities like kayaking or canoeing. As the development on the south shore shows no sign of abating in the near future, it’s imperative to ensure that the proper infrastructure and recreational areas are in place and appropriately configured for the maximum utilization and enjoyment of the community.”Many of my constituents enjoy bicycling, or running with their dogs, or fishing with their grandchildren. Very few ride horses, or even have access to horses. it just makes sense for us to widen the scope of the activities that can be enjoyed in this park so that the most people possible can enjoy it,” said Borelli.