ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined Business for Good Co-Founder Ed Mitzen, Department of Recreation Commissioner Jonathan Jones, Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, Assemblymember John McDonald, City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, Common Council Majority Leader Ginnie Farrell, Albany City Schools Superintendent Joe Hochreiter, Albany Housing Authority Executive Director Chiquita D’Arbeau, State and City officials, and community members on Monday, December 4 to launch the next phase of building a New Lincoln Park Pool: removing the current pool.
Beginning Monday, December 4, the City of Albany’s contractor is moving quickly to remove the existing pool structure and ready the site for a Spring 2024 construction kick-off. The City’s goal continues to be opening the new Lincoln Park Pool on July 4, 2025.
The new Lincoln Park Pool will include:
- Zero-Entry Pool (10,000 sq. ft.) with In-Water Spray Features
- 10-Lane ½ Size Olympic Lap Pool (5,620 sq. ft.)
- Splash Pad (6,000 sq. ft.)
- Water Slide
- Restrooms and Shade Pavilions
- Playground (10,000 sq. ft.)
No more than 15 trees are slated for removal as part of the building of a new Lincoln Park Pool. The City of Albany has committed to replacing every tree that is removed as part of this project.
To learn more about the history of Lincoln Park and the Pool, the City’s community engagement efforts as it selected a design for the new Lincoln Park Pool, and the construction timeline, please visit https://albanyny.gov/2239/Lincoln-Park-Pool
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “The new Lincoln Park Pool is yet another transformative investment in the South End. Since taking office, my administration has invested more than $65 million in our South End neighborhood. We are preventing raw sewage from percolating in Upper Lincoln Park while also cleaning the Hudson River. We renovated the Lincoln Park Basketball Courts, we revitalized the Lincoln Park Bowl, we built the South End Connector, and we are helping the Albany Housing Authority rebuild Steamboat Square. With the new Lincoln Park Pool, my administration continues to send a message to our South End neighbors that we are working tirelessly to reverse decades of historic disinvestment and we will continue to deliver on the promises we make to this community.”
Business for Good Co-Founder Ed Mitzen said, “This is an incredible day for the City of Albany. Business for Good firmly believes the children who live in the South End deserve to have the same type of summer facilities and recreational opportunities the children in the suburbs have, and this will become a world-class destination when it’s complete. We are so proud to be part of this project.”
City of Albany Recreation Commissioner Jonathan Jones said, “Today, at the current Lincoln Park Pool, we are standing in the past and we are visualizing the future. During my time as Commissioner, this pool has been both a challenge and fulfilling because we have been able to work together for the benefit of the community to keep it open and design a brand-new pool. The entire Department of Recreation cannot wait for this pool to be complete so we can usher in a new era of swimming in the City of Albany.”
New York State Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said, “One of the things we learned most during COVID was that we need to get children out from behind the computers and more active outdoors, and this project is going to do just that. Thank you to Mayor Sheehan and all who had this vision for years to build a new Pool the entire City could be proud of.”
New York State Assemblymember John McDonald, III said, “The amount of investment across Lincoln Park is incredible – and what’s more important is that each investment, including the vision for the new Lincoln Park Pool, was directed by community collaboration. There is a tremendous amount of pride in this community, and we are proud to be part of improving this park and this neighborhood.”
Joann Morton, President, South End Neighborhood Association said, “The Lincoln Park Pool has a very special place in the heart of the Morton family. The Pool was not only used as a refuge to cool off on a hot, sunny day, but also a place for socialization and enjoyment. On behalf of the South End Neighborhood Association, I want to thank everyone who helped make today possible. I am very much looking forward to the opening of the new Lincoln Park Pool.”
Albany City Schools Superintendent Joe Hochreiter said, “In my six months on the job, I have learned quickly the entire community goes out of their way to make investments in safe and reliable activities for our students. Our students deserve the same opportunities as our suburban neighbors, and I am proud to work in a community that shares those values.”