Visions of a River Walk for Albany

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San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

While on a press trip in San Antonio this week I can’t help but think of what it would be like if Albany had one of these: a pedestrian River Walk.

The proposal has been discussed for years in the Capital Region but imagine for a moment carving out portions of Hudson River into channels big enough for small boats, canoes and kayaks to navigate. Mix in charming footbridges, flagstone pathways, cascading waterfalls and a canopy of pine trees and native plants. Improve the attraction by routing the river past cultural and historic features of the city including new hotels, restaurants and shops.

Call me hopeful but it sounds like a revitalization project with thriving economic benefits that would surely pay for the millions in capital funding in no time. Like the San Antonio River Walk, the effort would attract visitors from around the world creating new income, new jobs and a better quality of life.

Later today, I have a tour along San Antonio’s new Mission Reach, an eight-mile section of the river with portals connecting four historic missions – Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. Photos and interviews will be part of a long article earmarked for later this month.