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Albany, New York


Tivoli Lake Nature Preserve

Tivoli Lake Nature Preserve is an urban nature preserve and the largest natural area in Albany. The preserve covers an area of 80 acres (32 ha) and is the second largest nature park in New York State after Central Park in New York City. The land was originally owned by the Van Rensselaer family, and in 1850 purchased by the city to dam the Patroon Creek (forming the Upper and Lower Tivoli Lakes to store and distribute water to the city). At the turn of the 20th century, the area entered into a period of neglect and by the 1920s became a dumping ground and the lakes heavily polluted.

In 1975, the city established the land as Tivoli Lake Nature Preserve and 23 years later the state funded a clean-up of the nature preserve. Today, the preserve is a sanctuary teeming with various vegetation including wildflowers. Nature trails within the preserve offer opportunities to observe various wildlife including deer, opossums, beavers, and squirrels. Birds seen here include the red-winged blackbirds, red tailed hawks, songbirds, woodpeckers, geese, and turkeys. Fish found in Tivoli Lake include bluegill, large mouth bass, and pumpkinseed – fishing is permitted.

Location: Corner of Livingston Avenue and Wilkins Avenue.

Website: City of Albany

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