Albany, NY – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Chief of Staff Sean Mahar, and Albany Water Department Commissioner Joseph Coffey hosted a ribbon cutting today to highlight the completion of the Tivoli Preserve Stream Daylighting Project.
“It’s exciting to unveil these substantial improvements to the Tivoli Lake Preserve which will improve water quality, aid in flood prevention, and provide enhanced access to this important outdoor recreation area located in the heart of the West Hill Neighborhood,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Restoring Patroon Creek to a natural condition was an integral part of revitalizing this vital community resource in our City, and I look forward to having the Preserve available for recreational and educational use.”
“The Patroon Creek daylighting project is an excellent example of Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive statewide efforts to improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and restore natural areas,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC is proud to partner with the city of Albany on this science-based, sustainable solution that will serve as a model for future projects to benefit other communities across New York.”
“EFC is proud to have partnered with the City of Albany to support this important community project,” said Maureen Coleman, Acting President and CEO of EFC. “The daylighting of Patroon Creek provides significant water quality and natural resource improvements while enhancing Tivoli Park Preserve’s beauty and recreational opportunities for the benefit of the West Hill, Arbor Hill and West End sections of the City. Projects like this would not be possible without Governor Cuomo’s commitment to water quality and resiliency across the State.”
“The Tivoli preserve is a hidden gem in this city filled with recreational opportunities for residents and tourists,” said 4th Ward Common Council Member and President Pro Tempore Kelly Kimbrough. “The Patroon Creek daylighting allows the community to enjoy this rich natural attraction and aids in stormwater management. Big thanks to the Albany Water Department and DEC for turning this vision into reality.”
“The Tivoli Park Nature Preserve has been a hidden gem in the West Hill Community,” said 5th Ward Common Council Member Jahmel Robinson. “The investments being made will ensure that the West Hill community and residents of the City of Albany will be able to enjoy it for generations to come.“
Tivoli Preserve Daylighting Project Background:
During 2019, the green infrastructure practice of Stream Daylighting was used in Tivoli Park Preserve to restore a 1,500-foot portion of Patroon Creek to a naturalized condition. The section of creek previously flowed underground through a large pipe. During the process of daylighting, the pipe was removed, and a stream corridor was constructed in its place. The new stream will help reduce flooding, improve water quality, and create important habitat for various species of aquatic life and pollinator species; all the while providing a unique recreational opportunity for the surrounding community.
The removed clay tile pipe was over 90 years old and deteriorating. Water flow often exceeded the capacity of the pipe, creating fast water flows that would flood and washout trails, erode stream banks and destroy existing habitats. The new green infrastructure will control water flow in the creek and any overflow during wet weather conditions will enter Tivoli Lake. This will mitigate localized flooding and will also greatly improve the water quality of Tivoli Lake and help prevent the overgrowth of algae.
The Project cost approximately $3 million, with the bulk of the funding provided from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) in the amount of $1 million under a Water Quality Improvement Grant, and from the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) in the amount of $1.1 million under a Green Infrastructure Grant Program.
The Project created a half-mile long path along the creek, complete with educational signage, which will connect to other trails within the Preserve that are scheduled for completion this fall. These assets will prove valuable for outdoor recreation and science education in the Preserve that has previously been underutilized.
More information on Patroon Creek Daylighting
About Tivoli Lake Preserve:
The Daylighting Project is part of a 2014 Visioning Plan to revitalize Tivoli Lake Preserve. The Preserve is a landmark outdoor recreational outlet in the West Hill Neighborhood and is the second largest urban preserve in New York State. The Tivoli Preserve includes over 70-acres of upland forest, grassy fields and wetlands. Patroon Creek is on the northern border of the Preserve. The City of Albany partners with the Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm to help maintain the area around the Preserve.