Former Shadow Pines property to partially open in August

After months of cleaning up debris and vegetation, the former Shadow Pines golf course should open in part by mid-to-late August. This is part of the 206-acre property as seen on August 1, 2018. (WHAM photo)

Penfield, N.Y. (WHAM) - After months of cleaning up debris and vegetation, the former Shadow Pines golf course should open in part by mid-to-late August, according to Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain.

The town aims to have the northern part of the golf course, which used to be the front nine holes, open for walking and hiking.

The town purchased the 206-acre property from Dolomite/Oldcastle back in April after a plan was approved by voters. Work to clean up damaged and fallen trees, along with debris, began in May.

In September, workers for the town will focus on the southern section of the property, which used to be the back nine holes of the golf course. LaFountain said the town hopes to have the property completed open before the end of the year.

The Shadow Pines Advisory Committee will begin meeting in mid-September and will take recommendations from the public on how to best utilize the space. Some of the current ideas for the property include new lodges, butterfly gardens and a community swimming pool.

A public input meeting will be held in October or November to discuss any gathered ideas and obtain feedback from the community.

LaFountain said he sees multiple uses for the space and they will go with whatever best benefits the community.

As for the Clark House, the potential remains for the town to lease it out as a space for a restaurant or a wedding venue. That idea, LaFountain pointed out, is not set in stone. The town is open to suggestions for the building as well.

The board will decide on the Clark House separately from the Shadow Pines decision.

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