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Homes among the pines

PLAN’s newest preserve located within conservation subdivision

The Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve consists of uplands, wetlands and woods. It also contains the Meadow Vista housing development, a 21-unit project sitting on a city conservation subdivision zone contains more than 50 percent open space. The more than one mile of preserve trails are open to the public.

The Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve consists of uplands, wetlands and woods. It also contains the Meadow Vista housing development, a 21-unit project sitting on a city conservation subdivision zone contains more than 50 percent open space. The more than one mile of preserve trails are open to the public. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— A new land preserve outside Saratoga Springs is not only offering new recreation opportunities, but a peek at what some say is the future of land development.

The newly built Meadow Vista housing development is also now home to the Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve, a 45-acre oasis of open and green space just a few miles from downtown. On Friday, Sept. 7, the conservancy group Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) held a grand opening for the preserve, which is located on West Avenue past Slade Road. The preserve, featuring about a mile of trails, is the group’s 11th preserve.

“We all play unique roles in getting here today, and it takes all of us. We’re thrilled that developers like Charlew Builders are willing to work with us on a project like this,” said Maria Trabka, executive director of Saratoga PLAN.

So far, Saratoga PLAN has protected more than 3,000 acres of land holding trails, water resources, historic places and farmland. Along with the organization, Saratoga Springs officials, Meadow Vista developer Charles Builders and the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs joined forces to bring the project to fruition.

The Rotary Club contributed the $20,000 needed to build the parking area and a kiosk at the head of the preserve.

“They do great work and we wanted to support it, so we voted for the funding to go through,” said Matt Dorsey, president of the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs. “We’re so pleased we could partner with PLAN and we learned it takes creativity, patience and it takes persistence to make such a project possible.”

The preserve lies within a zone of the city that requires a conservation subdivision, meaning that developers had to devote 50 percent of the housing development to open space. The meadow of Meadow Vista is circular and surrounded by the homes, and is maintained by the homeowner’s association. The Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve encompasses the homes and is maintained by Saratoga PLAN.

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