Having been born and raised in Albany, I figured I knew about every nook and cranny in and around the city. That is, until, I read about the Tivoli Lake Preserve.
How could an 80-acre park with a lake somehow have flown under my radar? A number of years after its official designation in 1975, it eventually became lost in the shuffle and forgotten about by most people. It has since become a little ragged, polluted and overgrown. However, there are efforts being made for restorations to put it back on track.
Photo Courtesy of Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve’s Facebook
The Tivoli Lake Preserve is one of the largest urban parks after Central Park in Manhattan and Albany’s Normanskill farm. It’s located near the West Hill and Arbor Hill neighborhoods along the north side of Albany. The preserve is home to many natural attractions including trails for walking and running and a lake for observing wildlife and fishing.
While Tivoli Lake Preserve is an incredible resource for outdoor exploring and educational opportunities, it is rarely utilized and largely unknown. Because of this, trails have become overgrown and not as clear to follow. The Patroon Creek has also flooded causing a large amount of soil to be pushed into the lake which has cut the size of it in half. Also, due to its somewhat out of the way location and overgrowth throughout the preserve, it carries the reputation of not being a safe place.
The project of restoring and enhancing Tivoli Lake Preserve to its full potential falls in line with the Albany 2030plan. Just last year, the city of Albany asked the community for their thoughts on how to restore and make the Preserve a better resource for the community. The visioning plan that resulted includes potential upgrades such as scenic overlooks, event space, a trail system, fishing access and docks, more prominent signage at the entrance, opportunities for urban agriculture and an education center.
This past Arbor Day, New York State granted the City of Albany $250,000 to get started on enhancing Tivoli Lake Preserve by assessing and managing water and ecological issues, as well as moving forward with designs to make the space feel safer.
We can’t wait to see Tivoli Lake Preserve reach its full potential. Did you know about Tivoli Lake Preserve? What do you think about these proposed enhancements?