On my way somewhere else on Sunday, I made a detour to North Albany County Park to see if any of the upgrades planned in 2017 had been done.
I couldn’t see any, as you can tell from this video:
Not that this 21.5-acre park needs a lot of improvement to be enjoyed. It’s a welcome oasis of woodlands and open space.
Benton County established the park in 1970, I understand, when the location was in the middle of nowhere. Now the park is surrounded by hundreds of new houses in the burgeoning suburban subdivisions of North Albany.
In 2016 the county started getting the public involved in planning for the park’s enhancement, and the draft of a master plan came out in 2017. Presumably the draft was adopted. It’s still shown on the website of the county’s Department of Natural Areas and Parks.
The plan calls for things like a new playground and a walking path around the perimeter, along with a basketball half-court and a new restroom. It also proposed upgrades in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
As I said while walking around the place in the rain on Sunday, I’ll try to find out if the county has any timeline for making the changes it put in the plan six years ago. (hh)