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Successful Sweetheart Skate

Today's Sweetheart Skating Party was Sweet!! Thanks to everyone who came to the pond and enjoyed an afternoon with friends and neighbors. Special thanks to the Albany Devil Dawg & friends, Stewart's Shops, the Chocolate Gecko and the City of Albany. We had so much fun we are already planning next year's skating party!

Save the Date for the Sweetheart Skate - 2/13/2011

Sweetheart Skate for all ages
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
1 - 3 pm
Buckingham Pond
(ice conditions permitting - to check the ice conditions, visit the website on Saturday 2/12, or subscribe to the email list )

Everyone who loves the pond is a sweetheart to us!
Come have fun and meet other pond sweethearts.

If you are interested in helping plan this or other events, please let us know at

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Albany.

Thanks for a Great 2010 Fall Clean Up

The Fall 2010 Clean up was a great success!

Thanks to everyone for a terrific job at the clean up last Sunday. We had more than 25 enthusiastic volunteers who planted hundreds of bulbs. Look for the results of their efforts next spring. Each clean up we are finding less and less garbage around the pond and park -- our efforts are really paying off!

Special thanks to the City of Albany Department of General Services, especially Judy Stacey for providing us with the bulbs, dirt and tools.

Next up for BPC is a January annual meeting to set priorities for 2011. We'll be back to you soon with a date and time. Please start thinking about what you'd like to see the group focus on next year. We need your ideas and enthusiasm!

Also, there's talk of a skating/winter party some time this winter, but we need a small group to organize it. We had hoped to do something similar over the summer but it didn't come together. If you are interested in working on these type of community building events, contact me at We'd love to have a neighborhood party with food, fun and activities centered around the pond.

CleanUp Day Sunday 11/7 from 1 - 3 PM

Please join us for the Pond Cleanup Day this Sunday 11/7 from 1 to 3 pm.
Bulb planting, trash pickup and general fall chores.
Bring work gloves and your favorite tool, or use the ones provided.
Meet at the parking area by the playground.

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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