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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Many thanks to Eileen Gerrish and Paula Martinez for arranging this.
See you there! - Anne
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Martinez and Eileen Gerrish
The Buckingham Pond Conservancy is off and running. Thirty-three people met at Bethany Reformed Church on Saturday, January 24th, for an energetic kick off of our new organization.
There was a clear consensus among meeting participants that Buckingham Pond is the jewel of the neighborhood. Concerns focused primarily on the health of the pond, traffic and pedestrian safety, and maintenance of the park. Participants agreed that the Conservancy should be an ongoing organization with strategies such as deepening our understanding of current conditions at the pond, working to build coalitions with other community organizations, developing a volunteer program, and working with the City.
The ideas generated during the meeting are included in the meeting notes which can be found here: Meeting Notes.
At the end of the meeting, participants were invited to join the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will be charged with formalizing the organization's mission, prioritizing goals and devising a structure to achieve those goals.
If you were unable to be at the meeting, but would like to be a member of the Steering Committee, please let us know right away at email@example.com or 518-522-6494. Members of the Steering Committee will be expected to make a major commitment of time and energy to the Conservancy.
Anne Savage & Mark Yolles
You are invited to become a founding member of the Buckingham Pond Conservancy, a newly forming non-partisan group dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing Buckingham Pond Park.
While members of the Conservancy will determine its activities, we envision a group that works closely with Albany City departments to plan improvements and provide assistance when appropriate. Likely areas of focus would be trees and other plantings, trails, water quality, traffic, playground, etc.
If you would like to help establish the Conservancy we hope you can come to our first meeting, a brown bag lunch, at noon on Saturday, January 24th at Bethany Reformed Church on New Scotland Avenue at Lenox Avenue. Please join us and bring a sandwich and your thoughts and energy. We'll provide hot and cold drinks.
If you can't come, but would like to participate, let us know at AlbanyBPC@gmail or 518-522-6494.
With the world in crisis and the economy in turmoil it may not sound like much to work for the future of a small pond and a few acres of land. But it is something we can each do to make this part of the world better place.
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, Anne Savage, Mark Yolles