The Tivoli Lake Preserve Community Engagement & Visioning Project
The City of Albany's Department of Planning and Development began its efforts to improve Tivoli Lake Preserve in the Spring of 2014, thanks to funding from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Protection Fund. The City's undertaking to protect and revitalize this great natural resource has produed the Tivoli Lake Preserve Visioning Plan, which outlines opportunities and a conceptual design based on ideas, needs and interests collected during an extensive public outreach effort.
Public input was essential to create this detailed conceptual design for the Preserve. The City, alongside area stakeholder groups, Neighborhood Associations, local and regional agencies, and a team of professional designers, took advantage of public events, public spaces, social media and neighborhood meetings to promote the project, gain support and gather ideas and community input to make the Preserve a safe and enjoyable destination. Residents of Arbor Hill, West Hill, West End, the Beverly-Pennsylvania Neighborhood Watch, and other interested parties all played an integral part in assessing the property and providing feedback.
The City will continue to introduce the Tivoli Lake Preserve Visioning Plan to the public and provide updates on implementation efforts, core hurdles, and future coordinated efforts. Read the Visioning Plan below, and visit "Updates for Tivoli Lake Preserve" to learn about current activities...
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|Tivoli Lake Preserve Final Visioning Plan||921.19 KB|
|Visioning Plan Appendices A & B - Meetings & Outreach||487.2 KB|
|Visioning Plan Appendix C - Public Presentations||3.54 MB|
|Visioning - Final Map & Phase Breakdown||4.54 MB|
It was a State Arbor Day celebration in April 2015, when Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed that New York is serious about conserving open space and protecting natural resources, like our very own Tivoli Lake Preserve. The NYSDEC has followed through with that commitment by awarding Albany $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for property improvements at Tivoli—which comes at a perfect time now that a Visioning Plan and conceptual design for the Preserve has been completed.
“Thank you to the DEC and to Governor Cuomo as well for funds that will help us clear invasive species, build trails, and make the park more inviting to everyone looking for a woodland oasis in our City,” stated Mayor Kathy Sheehan, in response to the EPF award.
Implementing the Tivoli Lake Preserve Visioning Plan cannot happen all at once though. The City’s Department of Planning and Development is phasing the workload by prioritizing projects, making sustainable decisions, coordinating efforts, and allocating EPF funds for construction costs, accordingly. Listed below are the top proposed projects that are currently being managed and are underway.
Today, the work begins, but never ends. Through generous contributions from the State, the City and the community, Tivoli is on its way to becoming a revived destination.