Parks, Facilities & Beautification

The Department of General Services provides regular maintenance, upgrades and daily operations to over 100 parks, open spaces, ranging from large tracts of open spaces to neighborhood pocket parks.

For a list of park locations and their amenities click here.

Hours of operation for all parks in the City of Albany are as follows:

May to October.-       Sunrise to 11:00pm
November to April-   Sunrise to 10:00pm



In anticipation of the spring, by January 1, all of the tulips and spring bulbs have been planted. Towards the end of winter we started making regular trips to out greenhouse to start from seed, some of the plants for Washington Park and other various garden beds.

As spring approaches we are checking on our tulips carefully monitoring their growth and are in full preparation for Tulipfest.

After Tulipfest we have about two full weeks to remove all the bulbs and prep the soil for the next seasons’ flowers. As of June 1 we start planting our 200,000 summer annuals and 200 tropical plants. We are pleased to add two new very large red striped banana trees to our collection. Through out the summer we will tend to over 300 garden beds. Weeding, watering and carefully attending to gardens and hanging floral baskets keep us busy.

Dog Parks

The Department of General Services operates four (4) Dog Parks for the convenience of residents of the city of Albany to allow dogs to exercise without a leash. Dog park rules include: cleaning up after your dog, remain in the park to monitor your dog and if your dog does not play nice with other dogs please take them home. Please click here to download the flyer.

Westland Hills Dog Park
Just off Colvin Avenue in Westland Hills Park.

Hartman Road Dog Park
Off New Scotland Avenue and Hartman Road, it is ½ mile past the Thruway Bridge going towards Bethlehem. Turn into Hartman Road and the Park is adjacent to the Community Garden.

Norman skill Farm Dog Park
Off Delaware Avenue, take a left on Mill Road just before the bridge to Delmar and continue straight to the farm, go all the way back to the Community Garden & Dog Park. 

Department of General Services
On Erie Boulevard, north of Huck Finn’s Warehouse and the I-90 Bridge overpass.


Community Gardens

The Community Gardens in the City of Albany are cooperative food gardens situated on once vacant lots planted and cared for by people in the City who want to garden but lack suitable space or conditions where they live.  The Department of General Services works cooperatively with Capital Roots to provide for the annual garden program. The gardens are managed by Capital Roots, a not for profit private organization that has been helping Capital District Albany residents improve their own neighborhoods through Community gardening since 1975.

For a full listing of Community Gardens in the City of Albany please visit the Capital Roots website at:

Capital Roots
594 River Street Troy, NY 12180              
Phone (518) 274-8685