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Annual Meeting 2017 Recap

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For those of you unable to make our annual meeting this March, we had a good turnout of 30 or so members, friends, and neighbors. We also saw several of our elected officials in attendance including Mayor Sheehan, Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, County Legislator Andrew Joyce and Councilman Joe Igoe. That presentation we made to the audience of members and friends is also available here.

 

As a brief recap, it was a good year for our conservancy.

  • Membership has grown to 190 paid memberships
  • We secured our largest single donation up to then of $15,000 from an anonymous donor thru the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY
  • Awarded our annual Pond Partner award to former BPC president Harry Ermides
  • Coordinated invasive plant removal with the Water Dept
  • Began work with the Water Dept on a master plan to handle erosion and path stabilization from the north Euclid path entrance to the south Lenox entrance

 

As for our plans for 2017, a short list would include:

  • Embarking upon an ambitious playground improvement campaign and secured a $25,000 challenge grant from the Massry family
  • Launching our commemorative brick fund-raising campaign to complete funding for the playground
  • Moving forward with our efforts to address water quality, working with the City Water Department on improvements around the pond.

 

Lots of good things are happening and the coming year holds the promise of both a new playground and upgrades to erosion control issues that will help improve the water quality in the pond. However, as with every all-volunteer organization, we could always use more hands helping us row the boat.  If you have an interest in joining one of our committees or the board, I encourage you to attend our monthly meetings which are the first Monday of each month @ 7:30. We hold those meetings at the public meeting room at the Bach Branch of Albany Public Library at 455 New Scotland Ave.

 

Thanks,

Felton McLaughlin

President

Buckingham Pond Conservancy

Good Job Clean up!

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Thanks so much to our volunteers on April 30 including Councilman Joe Igoe!
A few hearty souls came out in the drizzle, picked up trash and cleaned out the debris that had collected at the east end of the pond!

Spring Clean Up Sunday 4/30 1 - 3 PM

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Spring Clean up
Sunday 4/30 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Meet at the Parking Lot
Join with friends and neighbors as we pitch in
to make the pond a better place for all of us.

Help us Raise Funds

Hand holding commemerative brick with playground in the background

We are raising funds for the conservancy with a brick campaign.  Bricks will be installed along the path near the new playground at the park this spring.  

Bricks are available at $50 and $100.   

Buy a brick, maybe two!

https://www.bricksrus.com/order/buckinghampond/

Annual Meeting Sunday 3/19 1:00 to 2:00 PM

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Please join us at our Annual Meeting on Sunday March 19th, 1pm-2pm, at the Bethany Reformed Church, 760 New Scotland Avenue (at Buckingham Drive stoplight). We will be providing an update of our activities this past year which include the following: 

  • Draft designs created and significant funds raised towards an updated and more inclusive playground including $10,000 from the Bender Family Foundation and $20,000 from the City of Albany
  • $15,000 anonymous grant through the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY towards shoreline stabilization, path improvements, habitat restoration, and the playground project
  • A focus on invasive species: Addressing the Japanese knot weed problem with help from the City Water Department, and community education with Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)
  • A commitment from the Department of General Services and the Water Department to develop a master plan for path improvements and shoreline stabilization efforts at the east end of the pond.
  • Various improvements around the park including a new storm drain and drainage system for the parking lot.
  • Completion of a playground and park usage and improvement survey with nearly 200 respondents.

 
Secondly, it’s also the time of year when our annual memberships are up for renewal. You can join or renew for 2017 at the meeting, online here, or by mail at PO Box 8352  Albany, NY 12208. With major improvements in the planning phase and implementation sometime this summer, it’s an exciting time for our Conservancy. So we’d love to see you at the meeting. And if you can’t make the meeting, please be sure to renew your membership for 2017.

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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