Thank you to everyone who joined us last Saturday for the grand opening of our eighteenth preserve: the Fox Preserve in Colonie!
We have had incredible weather for each 25th anniversary event in 2017, and the streak of sunny skies continued on Saturday. Over 100 guests gathered for light refreshments and a grand opening ceremony, followed by guided hikes along one mile of new trails which weave through open fields, oak forests, and along the banks of Shaker Creek. The golden yellows of birch leaves popped against a bright blue sky, and sunshine warmed guests and volunteers as we celebrated the opening of this beautiful new public preserve.
The ceremony included speeches by MHLC Executive Director Mark King, Board Chair Cathie Love, Assemblymember Phil Steck, and Dr. Patricia Fox. Dr. Fox donated the land, which is one of the last remaining areas of open space in this area of the Town of Colonie, to the Conservancy in 2015. She owned the property for over 30 years, and before cutting the ribbon on Saturday morning, she spoke of her initial vision when purchasing the land; to conserve its natural beauty for wildlife and humans to enjoy. This was a wonderful day to enjoy the realization of Dr. Fox’s dream- thank you for helping us celebrate!