A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Maple Lawn replay: Preschool to close

Written February 27th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Maple Lawn, the city-owned house and grounds on Salem Avenue, has been home to a preschool for a long time, but not much longer. The Albany school district has paid for the operation since 2021 but will stop doing so when this school year ends.

Spacious Deerfield Park due for an upgrade

Written February 26th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Tucked away in the southeast corner of Albany, Deerfield Park is far from my usual bicycle routes, but the bike and I made it there on Feb. 24. I wanted to look around after hearing about plans for making changes in the park.

Why gates are still closed at Bryant Park

Written February 23rd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

If you’re wondering why Albany’s Bryant Park is still closed to motor vehicles weeks after the annual flooding has subsided — and even if you’re not wondering about that — it’s because the cleanup is not complete.

At Sunrise Park, discovering a ‘wetland’

Written February 19th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On Sunday the bike and I made a detour through Sunrise Park off Southeast Thurston Street. The visit reminded me of the flap over “wetlands” that delayed the reconstruction of this park several years ago.

Winter at Waverly Lake: Waiting for aeration

Written February 17th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Waverly Lake is a picturesque feature of the cityscape, especially in winter when the water is clear. And city officials have not forgotten about the project to keep it more or less clear of algae year-round.

Mirror pond still reflects Periwinkle School

Written January 28th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

At the risk of seeming repetitive, here’s another look from Albany’s Periwinkle Park toward Periwinkle Elementary School, taken Sunday.

A January ride: On the bike in the rain

Written January 27th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

For no particular reason, my bike ride along the Albany riverfront Saturday took me to Bowman Park, where the only thing to see was the rain-swollen Willamette River.

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