Thacher Park is one of my all-time favorite spots in the Albany area. From the scenic views to trickling waterfalls, it’s a perfect place to get out of the city and enjoy nature. It’s hard to believe that it could get even better, but New York State has unveiled some impressive plans for the park to come within the next year.
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This past Tuesday, the State announced that there is a plan in motion to build a $3.8 million visitor center at Thacher. This year-round visitors center will house a fireplace, bathrooms, information desk, conference room, a two-story glass atrium and outdoor picnic patios.
In addition to the new center being a place for people to gather after a hike or bike ride, it will also be available for event rentals. It is estimated that it can accommodate up to 200 people. Rose Harvey, commissioner of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation told the Times Union, “It will give visitors a central place to discover everything this park has to offer.”
New York State officials have approximated that the center will be open in 2016. There is already a campaign underway to raise $1 million to put together exhibitions for the center. An endowment for the center is also in the works by a new committee called the Campaign for Thacher Park Center.
Also on the agenda for this year at Thacher Park is a ropes and adventure park that is set to open by the end of this summer. There is also a mountain biking skills site that is also expected to open later this summer or early fall.
With all these incredible additions coming, it’s hard to believe that only five years ago my Facebook newsfeed was filled with online petitions to save the park from closing due to the budget! What do you think about the proposed plans for Thacher?