It seems an oxymoron to be “newly historical”, but that’s close to what happened to Washington Park in Troy, NY, at a special unveiling last Wednesday.
Washington Park is one of only two privately owned and maintained residential parks in New York State, and last week a new sign was unveiled to declare the park a historical state landmark.
The historical sign came a year after another historical ceremony was held in the area to celebrate the restoration of an old cobblestone street.
The revealing of the familiar blue-and-yellow colored design of the marker was accompanied by a rare event – the opening of Washington Park to the public.
Normally, the park is very exclusive. Only residents living in the houses surrounding the park, with keys to the gate, are allowed to enter.
Once inside, there are enforced restrictions on what can be brought in and which activities are permissible. Last week the public had a rare chance to experience the park from within the gates.
My colleauge, who lives just across the street, noticed all the media at the park the other day, but missed the unveiling and photo opp – when you have a toddler and you’re heading up to the Peerless Pool in Saratoga on a hot day, there’s no time for stopping!
The sign is visible at the corner of 3rd and Washington Street, and viewing is always free to the public.
If you don’t have a key to the park, don’t fear! There are also several other parks in Troy, Albany and surrounding areas which are great for family trips, summer outings and a little relaxation.
What do you think of the historic marker for Washington Park? Where are your favorite parks and green spaces near Albany? Please share with us!