Parks & Beautification
Did you know that Albany is home to 125 parks and 530 acres of greens? These areas are maintained by our Parks crew here at the Department of General Services.
Given that it would be impossible for them to sweep every park, every day this crew has an interesting way of handling this colossal task. The workers are split into 5 subdivisions, 4 of these groups are responsible for park maintenance, and one is assigned to the grassy roadway islands. These crews rotate responsibilities and clean and clear every park twice a week. Traditionally, these crews mow the lawns, weed-whack where the mower won’t reach, and survey the grounds for litter and debris.
One further task performed by this crew is the maintenance of the 5 off-leash dog parks in city limits. Responsibilities in this regard include mowing the grass, weed-whacking the fence line, and disposing of the dog bags and other trash.
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.
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
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.
The Department of General Services operates four Dog Parks for the convenience of residents of the city of Albany to allow dogs to exercise without a leash. Dog park rules include: cleaning up after your dog, remain in the park to monitor your dog and if your dog does not play nice with other dogs please take them home.
For more information view our Dog Park Flyer (PDF).
Westland Hills Dog Park
Just off Colvin Avenue in Westland Hills Park.
Hartman Road Dog Park
Off New Scotland Avenue and Hartman Road, it is ½ mile past the Thruway Bridge going towards Bethlehem. Turn into Hartman Road and the Park is adjacent to the Community Garden.
Norman Skill Farm Dog Park
Off Delaware Avenue, take a left on Mill Road just before the bridge to Delmar and continue straight to the farm, go all the way back to the Community Garden and Dog Park.
Department of General Services
On Erie Boulevard, north of Huck Finn's Warehouse and the Interstate 90 (I-90) Bridge overpass.
The Community Gardens in the City of Albany are cooperative food gardens situated on once vacant lots planted and cared for by people in the City who want to garden but lack suitable space or conditions where they live. The Department of General Services works cooperatively with Capital Roots to provide for the annual garden program.
The gardens are managed by Capital Roots, a not for profit private organization that has been helping Capital District Albany residents improve their own neighborhoods through community gardening since 1975.
For a full listing of Community Gardens in the City of Albany please visit the Capital Roots website or contact them at:
594 River Street
Troy, NY 12180