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An update on what's in the works for the public portion of that sewer project in Lincoln Park

Beaver Creek Clean River Project sketch

A sketch of what the proposed meditation labyrinth and garden could look like.

Here's a quick update on that reflection and learning garden* that's to go along with the planned Beaver Creek Clean River Project sewer facility in Albany's Lincoln Park.

Here are the city-posted notes from the latest meeting of the community board that's providing input on the project. They include updates from CHA -- the firm working with the city on the project -- about the possible design for the indoor/outdoor classroom, meditation labyrinth, walking paths, play structures, and wetland that would occupy the Beaver Creek ravine.

There are also new renderings of the possible design, and they're probably the fastest way of getting a sense of what's being discussed. So we've clipped a few of them -- see below.

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Plans and sketches are at the top in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.


The $45 million Beaver Creek Clean River Project is sewer facility that would sit largely underground near the Beaver Creek ravine in Lincoln Park, screening and treating combined sewer and storm water during high volume on the Beaver Creek trunk sewer. The project is part of the ongoing -- and large scale -- effort to reduce the flow of sewage into the Hudson River. It would also address a problem with the trunk sewer in the Beaver Creek ravine.

You might remember there was a big public meeting about this project back in April at which people had a lot of questions and skepticism. The community advisory panel was one of the things that grew out of that meeting.

* That's a tentative name, apparently.

Planning Lincoln Park's future
Just a reminder that there's a public meeting next Tuesday, October 9 at Hackett Middle School to gather public input for a new master plan for Lincoln Park. It starts at 6:30 pm.

Meeting notes and plans and sketches

These are notes collected and posted by the city.

Albany Lincoln Park Beaver Creek Clean River Project Update 2018-10-01 Meeting Summary by alloveralbany on Scribd

And here's the pdf of the plan / rendering / sketch presentation.


Don’t hold you breath. Grand initial plans in Albany rearly if ever turn into reality.

It'll be interesting to see if those trails provide another (more pleasant) way from Lincoln Park to Delaware, without having to go up Morton. (On a bike.)


When the plans are driven by a lock solid NYSDEC Order on Consent, reality is a certainty.

Can we stop with the ridiculous Meditation Labyrinth? It will never be used and it adds impervious surface. Just make it a grass area for people to hang out on. No need to over program and complicate these things, please justify your job as a designer another way. Signed, an architect.

The Ravine in the Park is an historic place - site of a massacre in 1626 of men from Ft. Orange by the Mohawks. Whatever happens, it needs to be preserved in a natural state and appropriately marked to reflect our history and its importance in the development of Albany. Here's the history:


Why not ditch the over-engineered labyrinth (which will be hard to maintain once installed) and put in a dog park? That would actually draw people into the park. And make room for food trucks and picnic tables, and a community garden?

The plans need to do more to create a reason for people to enter and stay in the park, making the investment worth it and giving residents a great facility.

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