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Duck update: Awaiting restoration

Written May 2nd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

At Main Auto Body Monday: The Waverly Lake duck has been drying out since its move there..

What’s new with Albany’s Waverly duck? The main thing is that the fund drive to pay for its restoration and return to Waverly Lake has been crowned with success, thanks largely to one whopping gift.

Councilman Ray Kopczynski has been running a Go Fund Me campaign to raise private funds for the duck project. Earlier, the city council accepted city ownership of the item from the widow of its previous owner. But the council didn’t want city money to be spent.

A few days ago Kopczynski reported that the drive had received a donation from Darlene Chambers, of Dever-Conner — for $3,000. This amounted to more than half the goal and put the drive over the top. The total now is $5,200, including contributions directly to the Albany Parks Foundation. It covers the likely cost of restoring the polyurethane-and-fiberglass sculpture and probably a couple of years of maintenance once it is returned to Waverly Lake.

The duck has been moved from its outdoor resting place on a First Avenue lot to a corner of the shop at Main Auto Body downtown. It’s drying out before work starts to fix its fiberglass shell.

Darlene Chambers added an email note to her Go Fund Me contribution: “Have LOVED seeing the Waverly Duck each time I come to town from Dever Conner area! Have also really missed the cheerful approach of seeing it! Truly want to support the on-going maintenance of the Waverly Duck!”

With luck, before long she and everybody else will be able to once again see the duck in its element on Waverly Lake. (hh)


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8 responses to “Duck update: Awaiting restoration”

  1. GinnyJ says:

    Here’s hoping “certain people” at Albany P & R don’t get their hands on the restoration/maintenance $$$ first!

    • Ray Kopczynski says:

      100% of the money raised for the restoration/maintenance of duck will go to the restoration/maintenance of the duck. That’s what it is specifically for within the 501c3 Foundation. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the city general fund, Parks & Recreation budget, etc…

      Donations for ongoing maintenance are still gladly accepted: https://www.gofundme.com/waverly-duck

      If you are interested in helping the project, email Sharon Konopa: sharonkonopa@juno.com

      • hj.anony1 says:

        Excellent bit of news! …but wait ! ..as long as the restoration color scheme is not green/yellow with a BIG o.

        • centrist says:

          Likely a crime against nature, ‘cuz no ducks like that without painting.
          Having said that, Pink coloration with a mullet taint natural either

        • Ray Kopczynski says:

          Current plan is to paint it in its natural colorations…

  2. John Hartman says:

    This piece is so gooey-chewy sweet –

  3. James Engel says:

    Well quack, quack, quack to all & to all go jump in da lake! At least it’s not a statue of a Confederate War hero that those very birds would poop on… ;) JE


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