Open Space Plan

The Open Space Plan Has Been Updated!!

City Council approved revisions to the 2002 Open Space Plan on July 6, 2023.

The 2002 Open Space Plan Update built upon the recommendations of the 1994 Open Space Plan. The updated plan provided a blueprint and tools for furthering the communities vision of the “City in the County.” It included an inventory of the remaining open space resources within the City including agricultural lands, rural roadways and wooded areas. The plan described the relationships of these assets to one another and how they can be connected to create a network of open spaces. 

The plan also included recommended strategies for open space conservation including creative site design, purchase/donations of land or easements, as well as partnerships with government agencies, organizations, businesses and institutions. The plan recommended the establishment of a dedicated source of funding for the purchase of land for permanent conservation and/or recreation. In 2002 the city established an open space fund which has been expended over 20 years for the expended for the purchase and protection of lands such as Pitney Farm, Waterfront Park, and lands along Loughberry Lake, Spring Run, and Kayerdeross Creek.  

The 2023 Open Space Plan Update was a done in collaboration by the Open Space Plan Steering Committee, Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC), City Staff, and Consultant Team, MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. Membership of the Steering Committee included representatives from the Open Space Advisory Committee (3), Saratoga PLAN (1), City Center Board (1), Saratoga Springs School District (1), Saratoga Spa State Park (1) Saratoga Springs Recreation Commission (1). 

The new plan establishes the city’s future vision for preservation and conservation of open areas, and sets priorities for the next five years, as required by City Charter.   Once final revision are complete, the new plan will be posted here.  In the meantime, please follow the link below to view the approved draft.

2023 DRAFT Open Space Plan 2023.03.31

HISTORY

“Continuing development within the City has demonstrated a compelling and ongoing need to acquire, improve, preserve, protect, maintain the availability of, and improve the City's remaining natural areas, wetlands, trails, watershed protection land, farm land, stream and other green-way corridors, historical and archaeological sites and areas, significant habitats and ecologically important areas, geological landmarks, public access areas and other similar such open land for active and passive park and recreational facilities, and preserve open areas, to enhance the general quality of life and the environment of the City, and thereby benefit the residents and taxpayers of the City.” 

Saratoga Springs City Code Chapter 110-2 Legislative Intent: Recognizing the value of open lands to Saratoga's character, the City Council unanimously adopted an official Open Space Plan in 1994. Building on the important policy recommendations of that report, the 2002 update provides a blueprint and tools for furthering the community's vision of the "City in the Country."  The 2002 update included recommendations and criteria for the expenditure of Open Space Bond funds when the City pursued the acquisition of ownership, rights, or interests in land and improvements for active and passive parks and recreational purposes, and preservation of open areas.

In the past eighteen years, the City has preserved the Pitney Farm, purchased the Waterfront Park, lands along Loughberry Lake, and land along the Kayerdeross currently used by local kayakers and anglers to access the creek – all priorities set in 2002. It is time for the City to again redefine the future vision for preservation and conservation of open areas and set priorities for the next five years, as required by City Charter.