Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park of Albany

Lincoln Park is an urban park with a unique history that is host to multiple festivals and activities as well as several athletic fields and courts.

This piece of land was once a Dutch colonial outpost that was overrun by native tribe. It then became the site for saw mills and a brewery that were both powered using the water from the creek, but not for long. The structures were eventually abandoned and the land was sold as a pasture. The land sits above a ravine that was made by the Beaver Kill or creek.

Lincoln Park, although named Beaver Park at the time, was the first public park in Albany, New York to open a playground that was open to the public in July of nineteen hundred. At the time the playground was labeled the Central Playground. The southeast corner featured an office building that became an indoor facility for children's activities. The creation of the playground and the use of the office building for children's activities were significant ideas because it gave local children a place to enjoy themselves and also a place to learn and get educated outside of school.

The Beaver Kill was eventually converted into the city's sewage system and connected both systems underground. As a result several athletic facilities were constructed along with a large swimming pool. The swimming pool plays a significant role in Lincoln Park's uniqueness because it provides a public pool and on occasions it is host to swimming lessons.

In 1916 the park was renamed. Due to the Beaver creek being forced underground, the name Beaver Park did not suit the park well any longer. This is when the land became known officially as Lincoln Park. In 1993 a street within the park, South Swan Street, became known as Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. An eight foot statue with some of his most memorable speeches etched into the base of the figure was erected at the corner of said boulevard and Morton Avenue. This is used a representation of the civil rights movements in the mid-to-late nineteen hundreds and also the struggle and the overcoming of slavery African-Americans faced prior to the nineteen hundreds.

Street Address:

Morton Avenue, Albany NY 12202 [map]

Cite this Page:

Christopher J. Pecoraro, “Lincoln Park,” Albany Walks for Health, accessed June 19, 2019, http://www.albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/26.
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