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The Albany County Department of Recreation’s mission is to provide structured recreational programming for the citizens of Albany County. The ability to offer positive diversions for youth who have historically not had the resources or opportunities, because of their location or personal background, is vital for Albany County. By providing a comprehensive approach which combines experienced coaches, staff, mentors, and effective programs, the youth and families of Albany County will benefit, thereby ensuring healthy, productive lives.

The Albany County Department of Recreation’s focus on providing quality recreational programs such as karate, lacrosse, flag football, basketball, baseball, track & field, and learn to skate/hockey is at our core. The Department’s free recreation programs are a joint venture sponsored by County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, County Sheriff Craig D. Apple Sr., and the County Legislature. We are also proud to announce that we have formed a partnership with the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union), the first of its kind in the country. The AAU was formed in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sports. “Sports for All, Forever” is their motto, and the youth in our programs join 670,000 participants and 100,000 volunteers across the country in this prestigious organization.

Also part of the Department of Recreation is the jewel of Albany County that is Lawson Lake County Park. Once a neglected former camp, in recent years it has been transformed into a destination for youths in summer camp programs, and for the general public seeking outdoor activities such as hiking, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and nature study. The Park is open year round from dawn to dusk, and is located on the border of the towns of Coeymans and New Scotland.

The Albany County Hockey Facility offers a diversified program of recreational and competitive programs for people of all ages and abilities, and is home to the Department's free learn to skate/learn to play hockey program. The Facility is open ten months a year and averages over 100 hours of activity per week. In addition to programs, a food concession, full service pro shop, and skate rentals are available to residents.

The Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail is a project that converted a nine-mile stretch of the old Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad between the Port of Albany and Voorheesville to a public recreational trail. It has linked municipalities along a safe and accessible pedestrian and bicycle route. The many benefits of the Rail Trail include the preservation of open space, community linkages, opportunities for physical fitness, and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

We welcome your questions and input. Contact us by phone at (518) 655-7948 or by email at, or write us at: Albany County Department of Recreation, 390 New Salem Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186.

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