Only a quarter of a mile from the state capital and downtown Albany, Corning Preserve Park is Albany’s most direct outlet to their waterfront. Bordered by I-787 service roads, Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge, the Hudson River, and municipal pump stations, the 11-acre park has pretty limited pedestrian access and circuitous vehicular access. So close to downtown—yet so far—was the common theme.
Our team held open houses and public workshops. We conducted user surveys and started a dialogue with the project advisory committee. Then, moving forward with an understanding of the park users’ needs, we prepared concept drawings identifying park elements, infrastructure, and experiences that were most important to users—and even more importantly, the potential those assets had.
The priorities were improved access for pedestrians and transit riders, a bike trail to link the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Erie Canal trail, a new destination playground, a multi-purpose boat house, a stepped shoreline at the park’s signature outdoor performance venue, and pond enhancement strategies for recreation, ecological, and stormwater benefits.
Through the master plan, our designers have laid out strategies that will improve this park immeasurably—integrating our experience and concepts with the needs and desires of the community.