Time for another snapshot of an Albany park. This one is Lexington in the southeast part of town. The bike and I ended up there for a few minutes on the afternoon of Nov. 17.
Here’s the impression I gathered at the time:
As you could see, this is a park with a lot of grass.
When I walked around a bit after leaning the bike against a lamp post, I tried to guess the size of the place, and my guess was way off.
I have since looked it up. The park measures 9.56 acres. It is bounded by 21st and 23rd avenues, and by Waterford and Lexington streets.
The city of Albany bought the property from the school district in 1996, just a few years before most of the houses in the neighborhood were built. The city paid $201,000 for the land.
Albany has a parks system master plan. Look it up some time on the city website. It makes for interesting reading if you care about parks, as you should.
For Lexington, the plan envisions an improvement or two. One is to provide a shade shelter. Another is to keep part of the lawn as a turf field but to “renaturalize” other parts of the park.
I’m not sure what the plan means by “renaturalize.” Maybe it means letting nature take over.
If and when that is ever attempted, let’s hope we have solved the homeless or vagrancy problem by then. Otherwise, natural vegetation will make great cover for unauthorized camps. (hh)