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A year later, visiting Thurston Park again

Written September 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Did they ever complete the renovation of Sunrise Park, I was wondering one day last week. So, riding along on Queen Avenue, on my way somewhere else, I turned right on Thurston Street to take a look.


Discovering an Albany gem: Draper Park

Written August 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The thing about aimlessly tooling around town on a bike is that sometimes you discover a new place — new to you, that is. Which is what happened Tuesday when I turned a corner, saw some majestic old trees, went that way, and found myself in Draper Park.


As pickleball gains, tennis seems to fade

Written June 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Is tennis going out of style as a recreational sport? You might get that idea if you look at the photo above. But it’s a trick shot and doesn’t say anything about whether tennis is still being played.


Today’s mystery quiz: What’s that ruin?

Written June 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On a hillside just above the loop drive around Bryant Park, you can just make out a concrete foundation. Climbing up and taking a look, however, doesn’t get you any closer to understanding what this structure might have been for, back in the day.


The threat of surveillance: Does it work?

Written April 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When I saw those warnings posted on the Periwinkle Creek Path earlier this month, no trash or graffiti were in sight, making it look as though the threat of being surveilled had stayed the vandals’ hand. Another look today showed that, alas, the defilers of public spaces are not so easily deterred. The parks department […]


Thornton natural area? It’ll be a while

Written March 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s been 10 years since the Albany City Council spent $2.25 million to buy 27 acres of fallow farmland and brush on the south side of East Thornton Lake. But its development as a natural area open to the public remains in the indefinite future — if it ever comes about at all.


Park’s open, so let’s ride through it

Written March 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”KHIXjgXkSSo”] 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.


Why Bryant Park has remained closed

Written March 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Speaking of Bryant Park in Albany, we now have an answer as to why the entrance and exit gates were still locked on Monday: Fear of flooding.


Park closed on a sunny, dry day

Written March 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The weather turned fine on Saturday, but automobile access to Albany’s Bryant Park remained closed. That didn’t keep people from using the park for disc golf, time on the playground, or just walking around. They just left their cars outside the entrance, and outside the exit too.


The annual battle of the fallen leaves

Written November 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Autumn leaves are piling up everywhere in Albany this mild and dry — so far — November. But the end is in sight as more and more of our trees are beginning to look pretty bare.


 
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