Paddy, Mick and me took a walk around
Buckingham Pond Park.
We observed things that need to be
1. Paths are wet, slippery and eroded
in places, particularly the East end
and the Milner Ave footpath at
The remedy. Apply coarse gravel for
better drainage and footing. Not the blue
stone rock flour that the City applies
annually.. The latter compacts and
drains poorly, creating slippery paths.
2. No guard rail or boulder barrier has
been placed at the foot of Lenox at
Berkshire, South, to prevent speeding
out of control vehicles from dropping
down on pedestrians on the footpath
Observe the severely dented guard
rail at the foot of Euclid to East.
Cause? Speeding, out of control
vehicles. Fortunately, this guard
rail has prevented vehicles from
dropping down on pedestrians on
the footpath below, in that location.
3. Knotweed invasion, just to East
of Lenox at Berkshire South. If
this invasive cluster is not eradicated
it will spread throughout the park
and to adjacent residential lawns.
4. Shoreline erosion/slumping is very
much in evidence along the North
side of the pond, as well as the
footpath bordering the water from
Lenox to Euclid. South side.
Observe the concrete bench near
Euclid North that is partly submerged.
Higher water level and erosion/slumping
at work here.
Remedy. Plant more vegetation along
the shoreline to reduce erosion. Stream
Willows, Red Osier Dogwoods and
plants/trees that like wet feet are needed.
The young Willow near the foot of Lenox
North is an example. However, it needs
to be cleared of brush around it's base.
5. The picnic area and children's play area
pond, North side are in good shape. The
lone bench in the picnic area needs
to be scraped, sanded and painted or
6. The wooded sections of the park
particularly South side Holmes Dale
to Lenox and Euclid; and North side
from the children's play area to Davis
including the holding pond require
immediate attention. Dead limbs, trees
need to be cut. Vine and brush need to
be cleared to allow young trees to mature
and replace those that are near the end
Useable firewood should be cut and stacked
for pick up by neighborhood residents.
Some natural seeding of young trees
is occurring. However, diverse plantings
of suitable trees and flowering shrubs are
In short, the pond park needs a woodland
restoration plan. including the wooded
section bordering Davis Ave, West side.
The Albany City Forester is the man to
Young tree/shrub stock can be obtained
in bundles of 5 or 10, at reasonable costs
from Capital District County Soil and
Water Conservation District tree/shrub
which are now placing orders for pick
up in late April-early May.
7. Improvement of pond water quality
will not occur until road salt and
lawn chemical applications are reduced
or eliminated in the pond water shed
and shoreline stabilization occurs.
8. Emergency phones should be installed
in the Milner footpath, play-picnic area
at at the foot of Lenox, South side.
9. Jack and Carl need a water supply
line for the City shed, at the Children's
10. Hopefully, both Jack and Carl will
be with us again, this year. They are
a asset to maintenance of the park.