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Park Improvements

Shoreline Improvements Phase 1 Completed!

Don't Be Surprised by Low Water Levels

Don't be surprised if you notice low water levels in the pond. This is actually good news! The water department is doing some shore-line stabilization and needed to lower the water level by about 6". This is a temporary change ...water levels will soon return to normal.

This work is funded by donations to BPC including a substantial anonymous donation. Thanks to all of our donors, and special thanks to you Anonymous! Another great example of BPC and the City working together for improvements at the Pond.

Wondering What's Happening at the Pond?

Have you been wondering what's been going on at the pond?   We're happy to report that the City of Albany is addressing the long-standing erosion problem at the Euclid entrance on the south (New Scotland) side.  This area has been washing out during each large storm, creating a small canyon that makes it difficult to traverse, and results in lots of stone dust in the Pond. The Conservancy identified this as a concern as far back as 2009, and we are so happy that the Water Department is addressing this.  Thank you Commissioner Joe Coffey!

DGS working at the pond

Shown here is a photo taken earlier today 9/9/2016 of a DGS truck digging out the catch basin in the parking lot and it appears they’ve begun the work to fix the washed out part of the path. Thank You DGS for helping us improve the park!

Jack's Shed is OK

You may have noticed Jack & Carl's shed is gone.   Here's a picture of it on Thursday 9/27 as it was taken away.    Jack tells us this is really good news.  DGS will be giving him a new, bigger shed including electricity.   That's also great news for us, since we currently run many feet of extension cords - all the way from Lenox Ave - when we need power for events at the parking lot.

Good Bye Ugly Pipe, Hello Drinking Fountain!

Many thanks to the City of Albany Water Department and Department of General Services who are working together to provide a drinking fountain at Buckingham Pond Park.   And the Water Department has also removed the ugly pipe that used to stick out of the center of the pond!  This is great news for all of us who visit the pond.

Pond Path Improvements Underway

The City of Albany Department of General Services is making some much needed improvements to the path on the South (New Scotland) side of the pond this fall. This section of the path is very low, and has been in mild disrepair for years, with rail road ties and wooden supports falling in to the pond, and occasional flooding significant enough to make the path impassable. Getting this issue corrected has been on our high priority list, so we're thrilled that DGS is able to get to that this year.

Pond path improvements coming

The City of Albany Department of General Services tells us that they will make some much needed improvements to the path on the South (New Scotland) side of the pond this fall. This section of the path is very low, and has been in mild disrepair for years, with rail road ties and wooden supports falling in to the pond, and occasional flooding significant enough to make the path impassable. Getting this issue corrected has been on our high priority list, so we're thrilled that DGS is able to get to that this year.

Underwater

If you've tried to walk the South (New Scotland) side of the path recently, you'll have noticed that it's been underwater for much of the last few weeks. These pictures were taken on Thursday 6/16/2011.

Path Improvements

If you haven't walked around the pond recently be sure to check out the improvements to the path on the south (New Scotland) side. Over the summer the City of Albany reconfigured the pond path to be much less steep, reducing erosion problems and making the path easier for all to walk. Funds for this project were provided through a grant from the Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District, which the Buckingham Pond Conservancy helped arrange. Note also the new garbage can at the Lenox entrance to the path which is in active use, especially by dog owners, hurray!

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