A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Park’s open, so let’s ride through it

Written March 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

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This should be the last mention of Bryant Park on this site for a while, don’t you think? But since the park’s locked gates were an item on Sunday and Tuesday, it’s only fair to report that the gates are open again now.

Having driven in, a few people were in the 100-year-old Albany park on Tuesday afternoon. Though I didn’t need the gates to be open for this, I took a quick turn around the place on the bike.

One thing worth noting is that the parks department has prepared the parking lots for the new year. They looked covered with new gravel.

The park had been closed to motor traffic on Feb. 25 in anticipation of high water in the Willamette and Calapooia rivers. Unlike in past winters, no major flooding materialized. And now, the chance of the park being inundated has greatly diminished, though a sudden thaw in the Cascades along with a big rainstorm could change that.

It’s unlikely to happen, but there should be plenty of notice if it does. (hh)


4 responses to “Park’s open, so let’s ride through it”

  1. J. Hanschlatter says:


    Incorporating video to lend support to your penetrating reports is to be commended.
    I would suggest adding some manner of image stabilization to your camera so that your cinematic expositions are less jarring. Old-timers prefer to let the subject tell the story. The camera and any camera movement should be invisible to the viewer’s experience.”

  2. Elizabeth Clark says:

    I appreciate any info you give us about park conditions in the city. Generally sad shape. How about Burkhart Square next to the Albany Civic Theatre on First Street? It is really embarrassing for the downtown area to see knee high + weeds in the square! I feel sad for the Burkhart Family having to see their family name on such a mess.


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