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Please provide feedback on draft playground design

BPC is making great progress on raising funds and finalizing a design for a new and improved playground at Buckingham Pond.  Special thanks to the Lobo Living Trust, the Massry Family and the Bender Family Foundation for their financial support.

Designing a playground is a tricky balance of providing fun and activity for kids of all ages and abilities within a limited space and with a limited budget.  The playground designer has provided the design shown below and we'd welcome your feedback via email to no later than Sunday, June 11, 2017.  We hope to finalize the equipment shortly aiming for fall installation.

Below you will find three images - two views of how the playground will look, and an image with the location of the new playground shown over the existing site.  Click on each to see a larger view.  There is also a pdf with detailed information about each piece of equipment shown in the images. (This file is 6.44 MB so it may take a minute to download.)  

The draft design includes two separate areas - one designed for toddlers, and one for larger kids.  Each includes its own separate swing area.  The initial feedback from the community was quite clear that families want more swings at the pond!

We believe a refined version of this draft will be achievable with help from the City of Albany - but making it happen will require lots volunteer labor as well.  We will keep you posted as the plans for that are finalized.

And don't forget - if you want to have your family recognized at the pond, and help support the playground in the process, you can put your message on a commemorative brick for $50 (4" x 8") or $100 (8" x 8").  Purchase here:


Felton McLaughlin


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Goose Killer?

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Buckingham Pond often struggles with too many geese - their droppings create a mess along the path and grass, and they contribute to water quality problems because they add too much fertilizer to the water and encourage too much plant growth.  This is why we ask everyone to please, please not feed the geese and ducks.  Feeding them attracts more birds than the pond can support and exacerbates the problems.
But apparently someone has taken matters in to their own hands in an unlawful way.  Please see below from our community policy officer, and if you see something, please get in contact with Officer Brooks.
You may also be interested to read the All Over Albany article here:  
From Officer Brooks:
There has been recent incident at the Buckingham Lake/Pond regarding the geese population. There has been confirmed sightings of an unknown person killing the geese that reside at the pond. I do realize the geese may be a social nuisance but still this action is unacceptable.  What I am asking is to keep a diligent observation towards any one who is in close proximity of these animals.
****Possible suspect sightings is a unknown white male dressing in a blue uniform operating a red newer model pick up with the lettering "DGS Wildlife" on the side. If you see this suspect or vehicle at or about the park area notify the police immediately ****
Note: Illegally killing  Canadian Geese is in violation of Federal Fish/Wildlfe and NYS EnCon Law   
Any questions email me directly
Officer James Brooks
Albany Police Department CSU
536 Western Ave
Albany NY 12203
office 518-458-5669
station desk 518-458-5660
fax 518-458-5669                              
cell 518-795-0020

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.



Felton McLaughlin


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 for a New Playground

Hand holding commemerative brick with playground in the background

We're kicking off our brick fundraising campaign to get a new playground at the park!

Bricks are available at $50 and $100.   

Buy a brick, maybe two!

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.

Skating Party Sunday 2/12, 1 to 3 PM

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Get out the ice skates, bring your family and friends to enjoy ice skating and Hot Chocolate on Buckingham Pond.

Sunday 2/12/2017  1:00 - 3:00 pm



Help Plant Tulips Sunday 11/6 1 to 3

Please join us Sunday 11/6 from 1 to 3 to plant tulip bulbs at the Pond.

Dinner Fundraiser Sunday 11/13 at The Point

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