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 which will be installed to improve the illumination of the area. The new lighting is expected to be in place in time for the Park’s glorious spring 2019 blooming. This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Bender Family Foundation.
Playground & Meadow
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
The Conservancy is working with the City of Albany on a plan to prioritize and address project needs as well as maintenance goals for the Park over the next several years to prepare for the its 150th anniversary in 2021. Watch for updates on our progress in the coming months.
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 Bridge
- 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