Asset transformation connects downtown Albany to its waterfront
Connecting downtown and the Arbor Hill and Warehouse District neighborhoods to the Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail and the Hudson River, the Albany Skyway addresses the community’s desire for greater access to open space, existing parks, and the waterfront. How was this accomplished? By transforming a highway ramp into a linear park.
Our design required extensive analyses, detailed design, and an interdisciplinary team. Every facet of the new park is accessible and constructed with long-term maintenance in mind. The work of our landscape architects, structural engineers, traffic engineers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, and security experts was critical, as was coordination with utility providers and neighboring property owners. Community engagement through placemaking built excitement for the Skyway and integrated local context in the programming and design of the space.
The vibrant linear park provides space for social gatherings, festivals, and other events. But more than that, it introduces a more walkable downtown and a civic destination that is unique to the City of Albany.
Image Credit: Kate Glicksberg (images 3 and 6).
At a Glance
- Capitalize Albany Corporation
- ACEC New York Diamond Award, 2020
- CTASLA Professional Awards Honor Award, Landscape Planning & Analysis, 2020
- American Society of Landscape Architects, New York, Award of Merit, 2020
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