Parks & Beautification

The Department of General Services provides regular maintenance, upgrades and daily operations to over 100 parks, open spaces, ranging from large tracts of open spaces to neighborhood pocket parks.

Access a List of Park Locations and their Amenities (PDF) for more information.

Park Hours

Hours of operation for all parks in the City of Albany are as follows:

  • May to October: Sunrise to 11:00 pm
  • November to April: Sunrise to 10:00 pm
  1. Gardening
  2. Dog Parks
  3. Community Gardens

Tulip blossoms in a variety of colors

In anticipation of the spring, by January 1, all of the tulips and spring bulbs have been planted. Towards the end of winter DGS  starts making regular trips to the greenhouse to start from seed, some of the plants for Washington Park and other various garden beds.

As spring approaches the tulip's growth is carefully monitored and are in full preparation for Tulipfest.

After Tulipfest DGS has about two full weeks to remove all the bulbs and prep the soil for the next seasons' flowers. 

As of June 1, DGS will  start planting 200,000 summer annuals and 200 tropical plants. Through out the summer they will tend to over 300 garden beds.  This includes weeding, watering and carefully attending to gardens and hanging floral baskets.