Items tagged with 'Corning Preserve'
Updated with comment from NYSDOT.
One of the more intriguing Capital Region projects to pop up in the state's Regional Economic Development Council funding announcements this week is a linear park that would take over an off-ramp that connects currently connects Quay Street along the Albany riverfront to Clinton Ave downtown.
Here are a few details about the "Albany Skyway"...
New-to-us pedestrian and bike infrastructure, a continuing (?) series: Jodi pointed out to us on Twitter this week that there are now bike ramps along the stairs leading to the pedestrian bridge that connects Corning Riverfront Park/Jennings Landing and downtown Albany. That's her pic above.
We hadn't seen ramps like this before. And while it might not be a big thing, it is another way of 1) making things a little easier for cyclists and 2) communicating that, yes, there's a place for bikes here.
Which reminds us... we have to get over Corning Riverfront Park and check out how the pedestrian and bike upgrades project is coming along. We've spotted the (very, very) green bike lane in a few spots lately.
Corning Riverfront Park -- wedged between I-787 and the Hudson River -- has always been like a stray puzzle piece for the city, with people looking at it, scratching their heads, and asking: "How does this fit?"
It took the city decades to figure what to do with the slice of land. Should it exist as a nature preserve? Maybe farm land? If it's an active park, what should it include?
More than anything, though, the spot has just been persistently difficult or confusing to reach. It is the place in Albany that you can't get there from here.
But now there's a $5 million project aimed at upgrading pedestrian and bicycle amenities in the park -- and making it clearer how exactly it connects to other parts of the city.
If you didn't make it down to the Corning Preserve yesterday evening, Brian has posted a good video from the Blues Traveler set:
Tweet of the night from @kcampbell: "Alive At Five recap: waited in line, Mayor Jennings said Hi, couldn't hear music, saw woman with a Red Bull can nestled between her cans."