Although we are in the midst of a pandemic, and every city in the nation is probably suffering from the loss of revenue, the Albany of City budget includes a proposal to make improvements to Lincoln Park.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced today that her office has made a proposal in the 2021 budget to include nearly $2 million for improvements to Lincoln Park.

The entire budget proposal will be released on Thursday.  Projected enhancements include pedestrian safety improvements throughout the park, fitness equipment, and seating along with Morton Avenue Overlook Pavilion, and will include funding for building an open-air theater.

Assembly members John McDonald and Patricia Fahy were able to secure nearly $450,000 in funding for the project from the state although a portion of the funding will have to be paid back over time.

Mayor Sheehan said, “Even in the face of unprecedented fiscal challenges, the City of Albany is doubling down on our commitment to equity. These unique investments in our city parks including one of our crown jewels Lincoln Park. Thank you to assembly members Fahy and McDonald for helping make improvements a reality for our residence, and to the local elected officials in residents who advocated for these important investments.”

Last year, improvements were made to basketball courts throughout the city.  Members of the community were able to have input into projected improvements to Lincoln Park.

Mayor Sheehan also says that there are plans to make improvements to Washington Park, Ridgefield, West Hills, and Mater Christi playgrounds.

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