Lincoln Park Bowl Field Improvements

The Beaver Creek Clean River Project provides the opportunity to make improvements to the Bowl Fields in Lincoln Park, as identified in the Lincoln Park Master Plan.  The excavated dirt from the Project will be used to raise the Bowl by 2 to 3 feet.

Community Input

Final Concept and Results from the Bowl Concept Survey

A Community Survey was conducted to vote on the three proposed concepts for the field design of the Bowl. The survey was closed on September 20th with the most votes received for Concept 3.

Public Meeting on August 30 and Results from the Field Use Survey

A meeting was held on Monday, August 30th to discuss the results of the Field Use Community Survey and three proposed concepts for the Bowl Design:

Public Meeting on May 18

View the Presentation from the meeting held on Tuesday, May 18th. In addition, the Bowl Improvement opportunity was discussed at South End and Delaware Neighborhood Association Meetings, a Lincoln Park Alliance Meeting, and a TOAST Meeting during March/April 2021.

BenefitsBowl rendering

  • Regrades the field
  • Improves drainage
  • Installs new grass
  • Saves the City of Albany approximately $1 million.
  • Eliminates the need for thousands of dump truck trips through the South End Neighborhood to remove the dirt.

Safe Reuse of Soil

The soil from the Beaver Creek excavation site was determined to be safe for reuse in the Bowl athletic fields after soil tests from an accredited lab showed no contaminants in the soil. The soils were tested using a TCLP chemical analysis, which is used to identify hazardous elements and is a common practice standard for determining the of reuse of soil in public spaces. View a summary report.


Field Closures: the eastern half from May 2021 - June 2022, the northwest quarter from September 2021 - May 2023 and southwest quarter from May 2021 - May 2023.

  • Fencing will be installed to ensure the safety of those on the walking path around the Bowl. 
  • Testing of the soil and air quality monitoring will be completed as the project progresses. 
  • Dust-mitigating fencing will be installed between the Bowl and Bath House/Pool 
  • A four-way stop sign at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Lincoln Park Road to ensure pedestrian and traffic safety. 
  • Dump trucks moving dirt will be required to stop before crossing the path near the Bath House.

Map of Bowl ConstructionView the above map in PDF 

  1. Rebecca Caldon, P.E.