Conservancy Projects

Current Projects

Planning a New Playground

Planning has begun with community stakeholders and representatives of the City to improve the playground and move it to its original location, allowing for the restoration of the Meadow, an original park feature lost over the years, and for a safe, engaging and accesssible play area where children can be more easily monitored.  Read more

150 Years of Washington Park: A History

Retired SUNY Professor and Conservancy member John Pipkin and Jessica Fisher Neidl, who has worked as a senior writer/editor for the NYS Museum, SUNY, and Mount Ida Press, are developing a book on the history of Washington Park. It will be complete and submitted to SUNY Press this sesquicentennial year of 2021.


King Fountain Lighting

The Conservancy has worked with the City over the last several years on repairs and improvements to the area surrounding the King Fountain, with a special emphasis on upgrading lighting with historically appropriate light fixtures to improve the illumination of the area.  The new lighting is finally installed and we are all thrilled at the results! This project was funded in part by a grant from the Bender Family Foundation.  Read more

Other Recent Projects

Since 2012 the Conservancy has completed and contributed to projects including:

  • Twelve new markers highlighting the history and uses of various sections, elements and now-missing structures in the Park
  • Support for skateboard park near Washington Park’s south-west corner
  • A new fence at the east end of the Lake
  • A two-year restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Restoration of the bridge over Washington Park Lake
  • Treatment of 28 ash trees in the Park against the ravages of the Emerald Ash borer, an invasive beetle originally from Asia which first appeared in Albany in 2014

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