HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

New city job: Stem problems in Albany parks

Written October 18th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Starting next year, Albany will have a city employee to patrol the parks and trails, watch out for trouble, and do something about it when trouble is found.


Unsightly algae? Nature took care of it

Written October 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

It was just a month ago that Waverly Lake in Albany was covered — much of it anyway — with thick mats of algae or maybe something else like duckweed. On Wednesday, Oct. 13, almost all of that unsightly growth had disappeared.


Trouble in parks: City proposes officer to patrol

Written October 10th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Trouble appears to be on the rise in Albany parks and on the park system’s trails. To try to get a handle on it, city officials are proposing to hire a park services officer to go on patrol and enforce the rules.


Council sells neighbors Hazelwood Park

Written September 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Hazelwood Park will be sold to three families living next door for $120,000, the Albany City Council decided on Wednesday.


Periwinkle update: Trash mound is gone

Written September 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A few weeks ago, the north end of the Periwinkle Bike Path behind Lowe’s was a mess, with a big mound of bicycle parts and other trash piled up against the wall. Now that spot on the path is clean, or at least it was when I went through there Sunday on the bike.


It’s the season: Algae choke Waverly Lake

Written September 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

My Sunday bike ride took me past Albany’s Waverly Lake, and now I’m wondering about all that algal scum that has covered a good portion of this 10-acre pond.


Neighbors hope to save park — by buying it

Written July 7th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Families living behind Albany’s Hazelwood Park, which the council has offered for sale, hope to save the wooded parcel by buying it and making it part of their yards.


 
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