Albany Waterfront

  Albany is located on the western edge of the Hudson River in the Lower Hudson Watershed, a tidal estuary which makes up approximately 40% of the Hudson/Mohawk River Basin, one of the largest drainage areas on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The Hudson River (and its tributaries) are the City’s major natural features that have shaped its identity and sense of place throughout its history. Albany is privileged to have approximately 4.5 miles of waterfront, most of which is designated for recreational and entertainment activities... Erastus Corning Riverfront Preserve in North Albany, the Corning Preserve in Downtown, Island Creek Park in the South End… as well as establishments such as, Riverfront Bar & Grill, Dutch Apple Cruises, Historic USS Slater, etc...  And not to overlook the major economic driver in the South End, the Port of Albany.  The Port offers significant employment and financial benefit to the Capital Region and New York State overall, generating over $800 million in investment.

Though the entire eastern border of Albany is distinguished by the Hudson River, access to the waterfront still remains a challenge for the City.  Albany’s access points have been extensively altered by development and are limited by transportation barriers (Interstate 787 and nested railroad lines). 

The City's focus to reconnect with the waterfront and implement strategies as outlined in Albany 2030 is a major priority.  Initiatives are already set in motion to address key issues, such as access improvements, land use, (re)development, and climate change assessment along the City's waterfront, as well as the preservation and protection of area watersheds of the Hudson River... examples include the City's Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, the Corning Preserve Master Plan, and the Patroon Creek Daylighting project.

Matt Wade Photography

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Local Waterfront Revitalization

  The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a land- and water-use plan for the City of Albany’s Hudson River waterfront.  The LWRP was originally adopted in 1991 in partnership between the NYS Division of Coastal Resources (under the NYS Coastal Management Program) and the City of Albany, establishing policies and implementation techniques that balance (re)development, preservation and enhancement of natural and recreation areas along the City's waterfront.  The LWRP also provides a framework for ensuring consistency between local, State and Federal policies and decisions.

Though several projects from the LWRP have already been implemented, the plan is in need of updating in accordance with priorities outlined in Albany 2030.  LWRP projects successfully completed:

  • Landscaping Lower Patroon Island Nature Preserve
  • Rehabilitation of Corning Preserve Comfort Station
  • Island Creek Waterfront Park
  • Hudson River Pedestrian Walkway from Downtown to Waterfront
  • Continuation of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail


Updates to the LWRP will address new issues, such as changes in climate and flooding patterns, underutilized Brownfields properties and access challenges.

Key Issues

Current review of the LWRP and analysis of existing data has identified certain key issues to overcome in improving waterfront and downtown connections.   

  • Access to the waterfront via all modes is constricted by physical barriers and confusing street patterns.
  • Vacant and underutilized properties provide opportunities, but also environmental and financial constraints to redevelopment.
  • Commercial services (refreshments, equipment rental, retail) are limited by a lease agreement with the State and Albany Port Commission.
  • Waterfront facilities (parking lots, sidewalks, boathouse) are in disrepair and reflect a poor image.
  • Improved marketing and promotion of waterfront events, activities, and businesses is needed.
  • Projected impacts of climate change (Hudson River rise and increased flooding) on waterfront development and infrastructure.


Calendar of Events 
Several steps are required to update the LWRP.  Public meetings have already taken place to discuss the LWRP and gather community input (December, 11, 2012 and February 25, 2013). 
The updated LWRP is scheduled to be completed the Spring 2014. Provide your comments about the LWRP on our facebook or twitter (#AlbanyWaterfront) or post a comment below.

Download the meeting presentations and maps of the waterfront below.

LWRP Waterfront Advisory Committee
City of Albany
Albany Port District Commission
Albany County
Albany County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Albany Rowing Center
USS Slater Museum
Riverfront Bar & Grill
Downtown Albany BID
NYS Canals Recreationway Commission

See Draft Proposed Projects

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The Corning Preserve

The Corning Preserve is a 15-acre landscaped waterfront, park, entertainment venue and natural habitat area, supporting native species of animals and plants along the Hudson River in Downtown Albany.

The Corning Preserve is a major destination for urban and passive recreation, enjoyed by local residents and regional visitors alike. The Corning Preserve is the City's most direct outlet to the waterfront, offering opportunities for a variety of activity...