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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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

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.


Periwinkle’s nutrias: There are fewer now

Written November 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If nutrias are hard to spot now in Periwinkle Creek, it’s probably because a contractor for the Albany Parks Department got rid of about 40 of the pesky rodents a couple of months ago.


City to dispose of N. Albany pond

Written November 9th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Parks Department has no use for a little pond the city owns next door to a planned North Albany apartment project and would like to dispose of it. Go ahead and get that process started, the city council said this week.


Albany parks, a playground for turkeys

Written September 26th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On my riverfront bike route the other day, I was surprised to see two wild turkeys in Eads Park. A couple of days later they stuck around long enough for the long-distance images you see here.


On the Eagle Trail: A hiker’s thanks

Written August 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Helen McGovern’s walking group took a hike down the Eagle Trail from Albany’s Takena Landing Park last week. Then she sent me a note: “Thanks to whoever cleaned up the trail. It was a pleasure to do the hike.” I went to see for myself, and she’s right.┬áThe trail is in great shape.


 
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