This process will improve the connection between downtown Albany and its waterfront by creating buildable plans for a set of projects focused on three areas of Albany’s waterfront:
Water Avenue and the railroad tracks are currently a barrier to accessing the park and river. This project will refine and finalize an approach to improving Water Avenue. Improvements may include new street trees, planting areas, sidewalks, and improved pedestrian crossings; improved railroad crossings; removing overhead utilities; reassessing parking needs; and design features that allow some portions of Water Avenue to be closed to cars for street festivals.
This project will identify programming, design themes, new amenities, and safety improvements for Monteith Park. Programming choices can lead to new park amenities and support new types of events. Choices about design theme will affect the look and feel of the park and help connect the park more directly with downtown and with area history. This process will also consider how to improve public safety by improving park lighting and visibility.
Dave Clark Trail and Riverfront
This process will create a vision for the Dave Clark riverfront trail and plan how to preserve and restore the natural areas along the water’s edge. This process will consider adding new spaces along the existing trail; widening the trail and improving accessibility; and exploring how to leverage the existing river pier structures to improve views and river access. This part of the riverfront is also uniquely natural for an urban area. This process will look at how to improve views and safety while also preserving this unique character and enhancing habitat.