About the Department

Park and Rec SignThe Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the organization, planning, promotion, and maintenance of the various recreational facilities and programs throughout the Town of Colonie.

The Department currently oversees and maintains 850 acres of land for recreational use, with facilities such as the Colonie Mohawk River Park and Pool, Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway, Town Golf Course, 13 Pocket Parks, The Crossings of Colonie Park, Schuyler Flatts, Boght Baseball Complex, the South Colonie Sports Complex, and North Colonie Soccer Complex under its jurisdiction. The Department also offers various programs and special events to the public, including the Summer Enrichment Program, the Summer Playground Program, and Learn-To-Swim. Additional activities include winter skating at the Crossings Pond, cross-country skiing, fishing contest, Town Band, Memorial Town Band and Town Brass Choir concerts throughout the year.

The Parks and Recreation Department Office is located within the Colonie Town Park. Other locations where Recreation employees work include the Parks and Recreation Department Maintenance Garage, Golf Course Club House and Golf Course Maintenance Garage, West Albany Memorial Pocket Park, and the Crossings.

The Director of Community Services who oversees Parks and Recreation is Alicia Osur and the Town Board Liaison is Linda Murphy. The department employs 33 full-time and 250-275 part-time and seasonal employees.



Directions To The Colonie Mohawk River Park
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71 Schermerhorn Road
Cohoes, NY 12047

From the NYS Thruway-
Exit 24 North onto Rt. 87 (Adirondack Northway) Take Exit 7 towards Cohoes-take right turn onto 1st ramp to Route 9. Take a right onto Rt. 9 and drive 2.2 miles to Old Loudon Road. Take a Left on Old Loudon Road and then take your first left on to Schermerhorn Road. Follow Schermerhorn Road to the Colonie Mohawk River Park.

From Rt. 7 (Schenectady)- At Latham Traffic Circle head North onto Rt. 9. Continue on Rt. 9 for 2.9 miles. You will pass Guptill's Skating Arena on your right, continue North on Rt. 9 through Boght Corner's. Shortly after this intersection take a left on to Old Loudon Road and then take your first left on to Schermerhorn Road. Follow Schermerhorn Road to the Colonie Mohawk River Park.

From the North (Rt. 87) - Exit Northway at Exit 8. Take a right on to Rt. 9 and cross the Crescent Bridge, pass the landfill. Approx. 2 miles from Exit 8, take a right turn onto Old Loudon Road at the Colonie Town Park/Pool Sign. Take your first left on to Schermerhorn Road. Follow Schermerhorn Road to the Colonie Mohawk River Park.

From the East (Rt. 787) - Take Saratoga-Latham Exit. Take ramp labeled Latham, at the light take a left on to Rt. 9. Continue driving North on Rt. 9 for approximately 2 miles. You will pass Guptill's Skating Arena on your right, continue North on Rt. 9 through Boght Corner's. Shortly after this intersection take a left on to Old Loudon Road and then take your first left on to Schermerhorn Road. Follow Schermerhorn Road to the Colonie Mohawk River Park.



Facilities

Colonie Mohawk River Park and Pool

The Colonie Mohawk River Park and Pool Complex was opened in the Summer of 1967 and is located along the Mohawk River, approximately 2.5 miles north of the Latham Traffic Circle. The 160 acre park contains an Olympic size pool with diving area, training pool, spray pools, bath house, two pavilions, picnic facilities, tennis courts, playground equipment, boat Town Poollaunch, nature trails, covered bridge, and cross-country ski trails. It also has five softball fields, and a football field.

In order to use the Town Pool you must be a resident of the Town of Colonie and have a green residency card. You can obtain a green residency card at no charge at the Colonie Parks & Recreation Office located at 71 Schermerhorn Road, the Town Clerk's Office in Town Hall or at the Colonie Community Center on Central Avenue. You must show a green residency card in order to use the Town Pool. Only Town residents over the age of 18 may have nonresident guests at the Town Pool.  A Town resident over the age of 18 may have no more than three (3) nonresident guests at the Town Pool at any one time. Pool passes are available for those residents who frequently use the pool. You can purchase a pool pass at the Recreation Office each season.

2014 Park and Pool Rates

***The Colonie Town Pool will close for the season Friday, August 22, 2014***


Mohawk and Hudson Bikeway
Bike PathThe first leg of the Mohawk Trail Bikeway, a 5.5 mile section constructed on the abandoned New York Central Railroad bed, stretches along the Mohawk River westward from the Town Park to the Niskayuna town line.

Locally, bicycling enthusiasts can travel eastward along the Mohawk River from the Town of Niskayuna, through Colonie, Cohoes, and Watervliet, and along the Hudson River to the Corning Preserve in the City of Albany.**


Pocket Parks
The Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains a total of 13 neighborhood or pocket parks throughout the Town. The locations include Forts Ferry, Roesselville, Loudonville, West Albany Memorial Park, Lishakill, Allegheny, California Avenue, Egan Memorial, Burns-Whitney, Maywood, Latham, Palma, and Stanford Heights. Among the facilities located within the parks are tennis and basketball courts, volleyball courts, softball fields, and children's play areas.

The largest of the pocket parks is the 22 acre West Albany Memorial Park. The facility was built in 1977 and is located off Fairfield Avenue in the southeastern section of the Town. In 1990, eight baseball/softball fields were added.


Town of Colonie Golf Course

The Town of Colonie offers a scenic 36 hole golf course.  The golf course is located at 418 Consaul Road.  The facilities include a Clubhouse, a Pro Shop, Chipshots Restaurant and Bar, a snack shop, along with a driving range and putting green.

The Golf Course is available for use by Colonie residents and their guests.  Residents may obtain a golf permit at the Town Clerk's office (783-2734) at Memorial Town Hall, Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m.-  4:30 p.m.  Tee times can be reserved 48 hours in advance by calling 374-4181.  Special events and outings can be reserved by calling 374-4181.

2014 Golf Course Rates



Crossings of Colonie

The Crossings Park is located in the Sand Creek and Albany Shaker Road area of the Town of Colonie. This pastoral park is approximately 130 acres in size and has rolling fields, thick stands of trees, walking paths, an orchard, bike trails and a three-acre pond. In addition to the trails, lake and landscaping, the park has a picnic area and farm-style buildings. The Crossings also has a state of the art barrier free playground for children of all ages and abilities. During the summer months, the Farmers Market at the Crossings is open every Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., from 5/17/2014 through 9/13/2014. Also, the Friends of the Library operate a Book Nook, a used book kiosk, all summer during the Farmers Market.

All open areas of The Crossings are available for public use. Use of the pavilions, barn stables, the Courtyard and both rooms in the Meeting House requires a permit and fee.

You can reserve your event by calling 456-2137, or by emailing brunod@colonie.org

The Crossing Park is closed Thanksgiving day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day, New Years' eve and New Year's day.

Park Guide | Trail Guide


Location of the Crossings of Colonie Park

Main entrance is 580 Albany-Shaker Road ½ mile South of the intersection of Wolf Road, directly across from Emerick Lane.

DIRECTIONS:

From North (Boght Hills or Latham Area) Take Adirondack Northway (Rt. 87) South to Exit 4. Turn left at light onto Old Wolf Road, take left at light on to Albany-Shaker Road, continue on Albany-Shaker Road through light on Wolf Road; entrance to the Crossings (Albany- Shaker Road) will be on the right hand side.

From South (West Albany) Take Sand Creek Road West to Osborne Road; take a left at light onto Albany Shaker Road, drive 1.0 miles to entrance of Crossings of Colonie on left.

From East ( Menands) Take Route 378 West, across Loudon Road (Route 9) to Osborne Road, take Osborne Road to light; take a right onto Albany-Shaker Road; drive 1.0 mile to entrance of Crossings on left.

From West (Schenectady) Take Consaul Road East, which continues and runs into Watervliet-Shaker Road (Route 155), continue past Sand Creek Road and Ann Lee Pond, which merges with Albany-Shaker Road, continue on Albany-Shaker Road through light on Wolf Road, entrance to Crossings is located past the Town Library ½ mile on the right.

Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park
The Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park has recently opened for public use. The park is located in Menands, off of Rt. 32, between the Village of Menands and the City of Watervliet. This site was selected for the park, as it is rich in local history. This is a 43-acre site that is maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department. It is expected that this site will be used as an educational resource for student and teachers. The open fields within the park will serve as areas for reenactments of different periods of history that occurred at the Flatts.

South Colonie Sports Complex
The South Colonie Sports Complex consists
of approximately 44 acres of land. This site has 8 soccer fields, softball fields, and a concession stand and restrooms.

North Colonie Sports Complex
North Colonie Sports Complex is comprised of 50 acres of land situated off Boght Road. Included in the complex are six soccer fields, three of which are major fields, and the other three junior fields and the Boght Baseball Complex.


Fee Schedule

Colonie Town Pool and Park Rates

Town of Colonie Golf Course Rates

The Crossings of Colonie Rates

Farmers Market and Harvest Fest Fees for Vendors 2014



Programs and Services



Cross Country Skiing
Many of the programs are offered during the Summer months. In conjunction with the West Albany Rod and Gun Club, a fishing derby is held the first week of June along the Mohawk River at the Town Park.

Learn to Swim Programs are offered at both the Colonie Mohawk River Park and at Shaker High School. The program at the town pool is a two-week program that begins at the end of June through the beginning of July. Registration information may be obtained by calling 783-2760.

The Playground Program is a six week program for school-age children 5 to 13 years old and who have completed Kindergarten. There are 4 sites throughout the Town and the program operates Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The only charges are for various field trips and special activities. Please see the calendar of events and location information here. Additional information may be obtained by calling 456-2136.

The Summer Enrichment Program is a series of courses offered in four program areas from kindergarten through high school aged children throughout the Town. The four program areas are music, crafts, swimming, and athletics. Among the courses offered are individual music lessons, crafts for kids, Level I through Level VII swimming lessons, and such athletic camps as basketball, golf, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, and baseball. Swimming lessons will be held at Shaker High School in their pool. Registration information can be obtained by calling 783-2760.

Tennis Program:

The Town of Colonie is offering a five-week Tennis Instructional Program for children and adults at various tennis court locations in North and South Colonie.

Musical Groups:

The Colonie Town Band and the Colonie Centennial Brass Choir, in their 50th and 19th year of operation, respectively, consists of groups of volunteer musicians who perform at various sites throughout the Capital District throughout the year. The Parks and Recreation Department also sponsors The Memorial Concert Band of Colonie. The band plays concerts in the Mark Cornell Auditorium at Colonie Central High School. For more information about joining either band or choir, or for concert schedules, please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 783-2760.


  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can rent pavilions at the Colonie Mohawk River Park and the West Albany Pocket Park and what are the fees?

A. Any Town of Colonie resident in the Town can rent the pavilions at Colonie Mohawk River Park and West Albany Pocket Park. The reservations need to be made by a Town resident. The pavilion fees are currently $110, 7 days a week. A gate fee is also charged at Colonie Mohawk River Park for residents and non-resident guests of a pavilion group. Pavilions are usually available from mid-May through mid-October at Colonie Mohawk River Park and mid-May through mid-September at West Albany Pocket Park. Pavilions have charcoal grills and areas for volleyball, horseshoes, bocci and a ball field at Colonie Mohawk River Park and one at West Albany Park is available when league play is not using the area. Pavilions generally are available between 10:00 a.m. and dusk.

Q. What are the facility rental confirmation, deposit and payment policies?

A. Any facility rental, whether it be a pavilion, a trail, a gazebo, etc., may be made up to 18 months in advance from the date of reservation. Deposits must be received at the Parks and Recreation Department Office 10 business days from the date you made the reservation or the rental date is not confirmed. Deposits and payments may be made in the form of either check or credit card. This information does not apply to rentals at The Crossings Park.

Q. Are there pavilions available for rental at the Crossings of Colonie Park and what are the fees?

A. There are 3 pavilions available for rental to any Colonie resident or Colonie business at the Crossings of Colonie Park. These pavilions are much smaller than the ones at our other parks, with a maximum capacity of 50 people. The fee to rent a pavilion is $110.00, 7 days a week. For reservations please call 456-2137, or email brunod@colonie.org

Q. Where can you access the bike trail?

A.  The Town of Colonie Bike Trail can be accessed at the Colonie Mohawk River Park located on Schermerhorn Road in Latham. There is a parking lot located right next to the bike trail. Other locations to the bike trail are along River Road and at the Niskayuna Lions Park train station.

Q. How do you obtain a permit to use the Town Park/Pool and Golf Course?

A. Town resident permits can be obtained at three locations: The Recreation Department, Colonie Community Center and Memorial Town Hall. The season pool permits can be obtained only at the Recreation Department. Golf Course permits can only be obtained at the Town Clerk's office located in Memorial Town Hall.


PARKS & RECREATION DEPT. KEY DATES FOR 2014:

SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM: June 30 – August 1, 2014

PLAYGROUND PROGRAM: June 30th – August 8th, 2014

TENNIS PROGRAM: 5 week program beginning July 7, 2014

JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP: August 15 - 17, 2014

COLONIE MOHAWK RIVER PARK: opens May 10, 2014

COLONIE TOWN POOL: opens June 28, 2014 ***The Colonie Town Pool will close for the season Friday, August 22, 2014***

FARMERS MARKET AT THE CROSSINGS:
Saturdays - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., May 17th thru Sept. 13th

***Please check back for updated information***

 

Contact Information

Colonie Parks & Recreation Department

71 Schermerhorn Road
Cohoes, New York 12047

Phone Number:
(518) 783-2760

Fax Number:
(518) 783-2759

E-Mail:

sampsonp@colonie.org

Colonie Golf Course
418 Consaul Road
Schenectady, NY 12304

Hours of Operation

Parks and Recreation Department Office:

May September hours 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

October April 8:00 a.m. 4 p.m.

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF TOWN OF COLONIE PARKS RULES AND REGULATIONS, PLEASE REFERENCE CHAPTER 137 OF THE TOWN CODE

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