The bike and I took a detour down Thurston Street from Queen Avenue this week. And as expected, the Albany city project to do something for the Sunrise Park neighborhood was well under way.
Albany is spending about $239,000 in federal anti-poverty grant money to remodel the park to make it more attractive and useful to families living in the surrounding area, and more accessible to occasional police patrols.
In March, the city council awarded a $259,500 construction contract to Northcore USA LLC of Salem. The city expects to spend about an additional $60,000 on playground equipment and park furniture.
The project calls for a 15-space parking lot off Thurston Street, a new playground at the north end of the site, and a new shelter, among other things. The old covered shelter will be razed.
When will the remodeled part of the park be open to the public? “Still shooting for this July,” Parks and Recreation Director Ed Hodney told me be email “We’ve ordered playground equipment, shelter, etc. to be installed.”
The schedule will depend on when the equipment is delivered and when the parks crew can get it set up.
The Sunrise Park improvement had been planned and budgeted for years but was plagued by regulatory delays involving wetlands. So it’s good to see heavy equipment finally at work on the site. (hh)