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N.A. Park poised for upgrades

Written November 13th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Visitors at North Albany County Park may start seeing changes in the next few years based on a new master plan. Developed over the last couple of years with lots of outreach to and input from the people in surrounding neighborhoods, the plan goes to the Benton County Board of Commissioners for approval in December.


Benton has plan for N. Albany Park

Written April 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Benton County has completed a conceptual master plan for North Albany County Park, where more than a hundred “hazard trees” weakened by drought and bugs were removed last year. Friday’s windstorm felled a few more, laying them across a house near the entrance to the park.


NA Park: Cleanup and new concepts

Written September 30th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As you can see and hear, the cleanup continues at North Albany County Park after the harvest of scores of ailing and dead Douglas firs. Meanwhile, Benton County is getting ready to unveil its concepts for updating the 22-acre park and dealing with the nearby 10-acre wooded parcel newly donated by the developer of the adjacent Albany Heights subdivision.


Section of NA park now a clearcut

Written September 19th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

I can’t imagine anybody is happy about what’s been going on at North Albany County Park. But Benton County said those trees had to come down because they had fallen victim to a combination of poor soil, drought and bugs.


NA Park: Dead trees to be logged

Written September 8th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

North Albany County Park is a sad sight these days. Dead and dying Douglas firs all over the place. These trees could become a hazard, so Benton County has to cut them down, and for that to be done, the county is closing the park next week.


NA Park: ‘Hazard trees’ have to go

Written June 7th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

  North Albany County Park is going to look a little different after this fall. There will be fewer big old Douglas firs.


What’s next at NA County Park

Written May 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

North Albany County Park is not usually a busy place. No crowds jostle for space. Which makes it a welcome oasis among the subdivisions spreading out on all sides. Now Benton County is seeking public “input” on what the park could or should be in years to come.


Saving a woodland: Status report

Written March 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Neighbors of a planned addition to Benton County’s North Albany Park were concerned when they saw loggers had felled some big trees they thought would be preserved. But cutting down 190 mature trees — while preserving more than 500 others — was part of the approved subdivision plan without which the natural area might not be saved […]


Sunday video: Cavorting canines

Written July 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s new dog park wasn’t exactly overrun Sunday morning, but the dogs that were there seemed to enjoy themselves. Maybe they don’t usually get to run around in company with other dogs, so this might have neen something of a novelty for them.


Correcting a sign…

Written September 21st, 2013 by

“No  park access”? Well, what do you call this, then? What the sign makers wanted to say was: “You can’t drive into North Albany County Park from this direction, and there are no parking places this way either. So don’t drive up this dead-end section of Grandview Drive N.W. if you want to go to […]


 
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