Clay to host meeting on waterfront project

— For nearly 20 years, the town of Clay has been working on fixing up the Three Rivers site where the Seneca, Oneida and Oswego rivers meet.

“It’s been a long process,” said Clay Town Board member Naomi Bray, who has made it her mission to see the project to fruition. “It gets frustrating. But it’s definitely an ongoing process.”

The town is ready to move into the next stage of that process with a meeting to be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the meeting room at Town Hall, 4401 Route 31, Clay. The meeting marks the next phase of the execution of the Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant received by the town in the early 2000s.

“The event on the 27th will be for us to begin to get community feedback on the concepts for what could go on the Point side to the left of Route 57. That’s what we’re concentrating on now,” Bray said. “The thoughts we’re advancing at this point include some kind of entertainment area, a playground, a food facility, marinas for some small crafts on the waterfront, a promenade on the waterfront and, most importantly, a historical area to commemorate the Iroquois Confederacy in addition to the fact that the first settlement in town of Clay was at the Three Rivers area.”

Three Rivers has a lot of historical significance in Central New York. Archeological excavations have uncovered evidence of Native American settlements that date back hundreds of years before the first Clay settler took up residence at Three Rivers in 1793. It is thought to be the site of gatherings of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, and military leaders from the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolution are known to have visited the point.

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