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Can we rescue Waverly Lake?

Written August 14th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Thick gobs of algae in the water and sections of the banks overgrown with berry vines — these are among the reasons why Waverly Lake is no longer a great spot for angling, the Albany City Council has been told, and something should be done.

Dog park: All it needs is dogs

Written July 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

On a ride around town today, I checked on progress at the new dog park at Timber Linn Park. I found the place ready to open but still locked up. when I got home in the afternoon, there was an email from Albany Parks Director Ed Hodney announcing that the dog park was indeed finished and that […]

Cool place on a warm day

Written July 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

On afternoons like Thursday, Albany has reason to be grateful for all those who, years ago, contributed and otherwise pushed to build the small waterpark at Swanson Park. With the temperature in the 80s and climbing, the place draws lots of kids, as you can see in this view from the Pacific Boulevard viaduct on Thursday […]

It’s summer, so paddle Waverly Lake

Written July 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Pedaling past Waverly Lake on Saturday, I was glad to see that in this time of turmoil and change, one Albany tradition is being kept alive this summer. The paddle boats are out there again, and have been since the last week of June. The paddle craft have been available for rent on the pond for the last […]

An Albany park for dogs

Written May 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If I had a dog that needed room to run, I’d be more than passing interested in what the Albany Parks and Recreation Department is working on. Being dogless, alas, I was still curious about whatever happened as a result of a public meeting announced a couple of months ago. The meeting was to gauge […]

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