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Located around 12 miles south of Albany, Clifton Park, NY is a family-friendly town in situated in Saratoga County. The town encompasses 50.2 sq. miles. As of 2017, approximately 36,737 people called this town their home.

Residents often appreciate the small-town vibe, outstanding public school system, and low crime rate when compared to communities with a similar population.

Schools in Clifton Park

Students living in Clifton Park attend schools ran by the Shenendehowa Central School District.

Around 9,850 students attend one of the system’s nine elementary schools (K-5th), three middle schools (6th-8th), and one high school (9th-12th), Shen High School.

Nine of the schools are located on a single 232-acre campus, along with an aquatic center and a bus garage. The other four elementary schools are located within the neighborhood.

The district is committed to working “continuously and in partnership with the community to ensure that all students develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities, and character needed to live useful, productive, and rewarding lives.”

The district tries to host seminars for parents on a variety of topics, such as raising children with ADD, ADHD, and anxiety, during the school year.

According to Niche, the Shenendehowa Central School District has an overall A rating and is ranked the #2 (of 679) best school district for athletes in New York and the #138 (of 677) best school district in New York.

Shen High School is well-known for its excellent sports program and has won a total of 42 team NYS state championships since the 1980’s. Usually, around 25-35 student-athletes from Shen High School sign letters of intent to play with Division 1 or Division 2 colleges.

Clifton Park does have a couple private school options, specifically St. George’s School and Saratoga Academy of the Arts & Sciences, though neither offer high school classes.

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Parks and Recreation in Clifton park

There are multiple parks located in Clifton Park, giving residents access to everything from sports fields to wide-open spaces, playgrounds, and skate ramps. Clifton Common is one of the town’s largest parks and serves as the site of free entertainment during the summer months.

Referred to as the Performing Arts at the Common, This entertainment ranges from live children’s performances to musicians. Clifton Common also boasts soccer, baseball, and softball fields, as well as basketball courts, a children’s playground, and two indoor skating rinks.

Residents also have access to three municipal pools, though membership is required. Open from the end of May to the beginning of September, each pool has a large area for swimming, a shallow “kiddy pool” for younger children, and a deep area with diving boards. They also have plenty of comfortable chairs sitting along the edge for sunbathing.

96-acre Kinns Road park is part of the larger Saratoga County Forest and offers the best spot for walking, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, thanks to the well-marked trails. The trails range from .14 to 1.23 miles.

The nearby picnic tables make it easy to stop and refuel before heading back out into the wooded area. A small creek cuts through the park and dogs are welcome, provided they have a current permit from the Town Clerk.

William K Collins Jr Memorial park offers something for everyone. Here, residents can take advantage of the ropes course and children’s playground, as well as the volleyball court, baseball field, nature trails, and wide open green space for running around. The park includes a pavilion with picnic tables and charcoal grills for cooking out.

Clifton Park Action Park, designed for both skateboarders and inline skaters, is a 100×100 foot park with 20 pieces of concrete and modular skate equipment.

Garnsey Park, situated on more than 150 acres, is made up of wetlands, hills, and meadows. It also boasts the second highest point in Clifton Park, where you can see the eastern borders of Vermont and Massachusetts on a clear day.

Clifton Park Weather

Residents can expect cool weather with plenty of rainfall throughout the year.

The winter months can be almost brutally cold, with an average low of 13.8°F and plenty of snow, averaging 60 inches in a single year.

During this time of year, the city regularly applies salt treatments to the roads and uses plows to properly remove snow and ice.

Clifton Park summers are relatively short, lasting from early June to early September. The hottest temperatures are usually recorded in July, when the temperature usually tops out at 83.0°F.

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