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Nine minutes on the southern Periwinkle Path

Written February 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

This is where the Periwinkle Bikepath takes off on Grand Prairie Road.

Anything new on the southern leg of Albany’s Periwinkle Bikepath? Not really, as I learned when I took a quick look on Saturday.

This section of the path goes northwest from Grand Prairie Road near Grand Prairie Park to the corner of Queen Avenue and Geary Street, near the former Megafoods supermarket.

As you’ll see if you join me on my nine-minute ride below, the path is still in pretty good shape even though there are big cracks in the concrete. They’ve been patched more than once since the path was built in 1977, and I think some sections may have been replaced.

I would have expected more people on the path on a mid-winter Saturday like this: mild temps in the 40s, wind light, rain absent, and a chance to get outside after being held captive by Covid all week.

Amazingly, unlike the northern part, this southern leg of the path was free of tent sites or other traces of homeless camps. The reason? Maybe it’s that there aren’t many bushes along the creek channel here.

At the end of the ride, at Queen and Geary, we come across the former Megafoods supermarket, still empty, and still for sale. A couple of years ago, at the request of the shuttered store’s owners, the city amended its zoning code to make it easier to use and thus sell the building. But evidently a buyer has yet to be found. (hh)

By the side of the path on Queen: An empty former supermarket.

5 responses to “Nine minutes on the southern Periwinkle Path”

  1. Bill Kapaun says:

    Thank you for the tour! I’ve never ridden this section, and probably won’t. It’s just easier to go up to Geary and make a right. Also, too many wet spots that linger….

    At least now, I know what I’m not missing-

  2. Sharon Konopa says:

    The Adopt a Park Program has some great volunteers who maintain this path and many parks. Jill Van Buren has been very involved for a few years now in working with the volunteers. Thank you Hasso for pointing out the upkeep of the Periwinkle Path, as these volunteers deserve some kudos.

    • K. Robb says:

      Jill is lovely! My husband does some work for her occasionally, and it’s always nice to hear of her work with the parks and Cumberland Church.

  3. K. Robb says:

    My husband and I have lived along the Periwinkle Creek path for several years now, and it is really pretty dear to us. Living in an apartment building can be plain and boring (design speaking anyway lol), and living on the creek makes it feel like we are in nature… something really important to us.

    The vacant Mega Foods store is still a little shocking to us. Living next door we shopped there regularly for years, and them closing was a loss to this neighborhood. We keep hoping for a new tenant, but thus far it’s mostly parking or problematic stuffs. Fingers crossed!

  4. Donna Carsner says:

    Notice that the banks have considerable erosion on both sides on a stretch closer to Grand Prairie.


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