The community expressed in Albany 2030 a desire to protect or improve the City's natural areas, enhance and grow its urban forest, and maintain existing habitats. Tivoli Lake Preserve is one of the largest urban preserves in the City of Albany, and a landmark nature area for the West Hill and Arbor Hill Neighborhoods. Tivoli Lake Preserve was established in 1975 by the City of Albany’s Common Council and Mayor Erastus Corning II. Located between Livingston Avenue and North Manning Boulevard, Tivoli is over 70-acres of sanctuary, supporting a variety of habitats (such as wetlands, upland woods and grassy fields), which provide a home to many types of plants and animals.
At the heart of this scenic property is Tivoli Lake, a former City reservoir, and a picturesque opportunity for fishing and boating. The Patroon Creek, a local tributary, flows along Tivoli's northern border on its way from the Albany Pine Bush Preserve to the Hudson River.
Though Tivoli Lake Preserve is a valuable resource for outdoor activity and science education, the property has become neglected and overgrown with invasive plants. To spur community interest, the City has created a Visioning Plan, which offers collective ideas from the community on making the Preserve a safe and appealing destination to enjoy nature.
Through funds provided by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the City is currently implementing various projects--from new trails and improved access to invasive species management--which will help transform Tivoli into a multi-faceted natural and engaging retreat.
Projects Related to Improving Tivoli Lake Preserve
Daylighting Patroon Creek: The Patroon Creek is enclosed in a narrow conduit when it enters Tivoli Lake Preserve. The City is investigating daylighting Patroon Creek to help mitigate and control the negative impacts its enclosure has on the social and environmental quality of the Preserve.
The Visioning Plan: Transforming Tivoli Lake Preserve into a successful urban outlet for recreational activity and education, starts with a realistic conceptual park design that balances community interest and desired uses with environmental management and programming.