Albany's Public Parks Tour

Tour curated by: Christopher J. Pecoraro

New York's state capital has come a long way since the early eighteen hundreds. Albany has seen a lot of innovative changes, both minor and drastic which means that it has a significant amount of valuable historical sentiments. A handful of these sentiments include the lots of grass that are open for use for anybody living near the area. These lots of grass are called public parks. The public parks are home to several facilities such as athletic facilities, an auditorium for performances, a giant lake that can be used to ice skate on when the conditions are optimal and a swimming pool.

Other than the man-made facilities, the parks can be used to simply enjoy the weather and some fresh air. The parks are also host to several different types of events such as concerts and festivals which supply the community with outdoor social events. The events can be an important part in maintaining a friendly and social community and that is why I feel it is important for people to visit the parks that Albany is home to. The people of the community must be more aware of the benefits these places offer to them because it can be sufficient help in bettering the local community and nothing can be done if no action is taken by the community members themselves.

Locations for Tour

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…

Hudson-Jay Park serves the Albany community as a small outdoor grass lot that can be used for various outdoor activities. It is located within the Center Square neighborhood, which is also apart of the Center Square/Hudson-Park Historic District.…

Originally founded in 1800 as a burial ground under the label "The State Street Burial Ground", Washington Park has seen a lot of change throughout the years. After the outbreak of a disease in 1832 the gravesite became overcrowded. This…

The Washington Park Playhouse has been hosting free theatre shows for over twenty-one years. Prior to these free admission events, the playhouse was attracting audiences that exceeded the thousands. The large audiences resulted in the a new…

The lake that is located in the southwestern corner of Washington Park was originally built in eighteen seventy-three. As the lake aged, it needed to be repaired due to a broken pipe that was breached by growing vegetation. This allowed the water to…