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The Sidewalk is Coming

Back in March, we learned that the City had requested State funds to enhance the sidewalks on Euclid Ave on the South (New Scotland) side of the pond. I've now learned that the State has funded that request! The City has completed a design for the project and put it out to bid. Bill LeCuyer in the City's engineering office provided the design so I could send it out to the Buckingham Pond Conservancy. Click here to see the design. As you can see, the sidewalk will be extended along the east side of Euclid down to Berkshire and continue around the corner. There will be a striped crosswalk across Berkshire to the existing opening to the path. As part of the project, the City will narrow the intersection slightly, making a tighter turn from Euclid on to Berkshire. I understand that Bill has spoken to the people who own the properties where the new sidewalk will go, and has made some adjustments to the design to ensure that a large tree would not be impacted. It seems to me that this will be safer for everyone - drivers, cyclists and pedestrians! I do think it would be helpful to have some "yield to pedestrian in crosswalk" signs. Bill has forwarded that request to the City's Traffic Engineering department, and I'll be following up with them. This work has been put out to bid, with bids expected back on June 6 and work to be done this summer. Please comment to let us know what you think. - Anne

Successful Cleanup Day

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We were a Clean Machine on Saturday, April 18, as over 50 neighbors came together to de-trash the Buckingham Pond area. The Buckingham Pond Conservancy wishes to thank each and every helper -- from toddlers to retirees -- everyone pitched in. We hope to have a fall event, this time on a Sunday, which will include a quick cleanup and a celebration. Let's keep the momentum going -- every time you visit the pond, try and take one item of trash away. Thanks again to everyone who helped.

Pond Pickup Saturday April 18th

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Pond Pickup Day Poster.  Saturday April 19th 9:30 - 11:30 am (rain or shine).  Contact global2@nycap.rr.com The City will provide tools, bags and some gloves, so you don't need to bring anything except yourself. If you have your own gloves, you might want to bring those. Other things that would be helpful: a stick with nail at the end for picking up papers, fishing net, wading boots. Any questions? Contact global2@nycap.rr.com. Many thanks to Eileen Gerrish and Paula Martinez for arranging this. See you there! - Anne

Good News from the City

Joe Igoe (Ward 14 Councilman) has provided the following good news about City efforts on behalf of the pond. Many thanks to Joe, and the City for these efforts.

  • Jack is back. Contrary to rumors you may have heard, Jack will be working at Buckingham Pond Park this summer! This is great news and should ensure that our beloved park is well tended all summer long. If you see him in the neighborhood, please let Jack know how happy we are to have him back.
  • Sidewalk improvements. The City has submitted a grant proposal to New York State for funds to continue the sidewalk on Euclid avenue on the south (New Scotland Ave) side of the pond to Berkshire boulevard and add to a cross walk. This should make it a much safer crossing for everyone. Joe tells me that the City hopes to know whether this will be funded soon -- in time to do the work this season if it is funded. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.
  • Youth Employment. The City is still seeking youth (age 14 - 18) for its summer employment program. This program provides young people who help Jack keep our park in shape. The application is available here: http://albanyny.org/Files/summer%20youth%20employment%202009%20application.pdf and needs to be delivered to Bleecker Stadium on Saturday 3/28 from 9 to 1, or Monday 4/6, Tuesday 4/7 or Wednesday 4/8 from 4 to 7 pm.
  • Tree Program. The Shared-Cost Street Tree Program is coming up again. The City of Albany is now taking orders for street trees (while supplies last). More information is available here: http://albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/GeneralServices/ForestryDivision.aspx The deadline for the spring planting is April 15th. Trees will be offered again in the fall. The deadline for fall planting orders is September 15th.

In other news, the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Steering Committee is still hard at work building a strong foundation for our organization. More news from the Steering Committee coming soon! - Anne Anne Savage

Save the Date for April 18

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Clean Albany, a group formed by local community members, is launching the first Annual Clean Albany Event sponsored by the Department of General Services. This citywide event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m.to noon. Buckingham Pond Conservancy will be joining in the citywide effort by cleaning up the pond and surrounding area. We will be counting on you to help. The Department of General Services will be providing all the necessary equipment such as rakes, trash bags and gloves, as well as some rewards for volunteers. Details to come. In the spirit of friendly competition, the group that cleans up the most trash will also win a prize! So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 18th. If you have any questions, please contact Eileen at global2@nycap.rr.com Thank you, Cleanup co-chairs Paula Martinez and Eileen Gerrish

Next Meeting

Please join us at the next board meeting.  Board meetings are the best way to find out what we are doing and get more involved.
Next meeting:
Monday August 7 at 7:30 PM
Bach Branch of Albany Public Library
455 New Scotland Ave

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