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Welcome to Guilderland!  If you are new to the Town of Guilderland, this site will help you get started with learning about our facilities and programs.  But even after you know the basics, feel free to call the Parks and Recreation office at (518) 456-3150.

If you are a long time resident you may know much of the information.  However, the following pages will allow you to learn more about your community services that are provided.

Tawasentha Park Tree-lined DriveThank you for your interest and input.

Sincerely,



Linda Cure
Public Relations Officer

Important Phone Numbers:


Guilderland Town Hall   
356-1980
Department of Parks and Recreation 
456-3150; 456-3156 fax
Parks  Maintenance
456-8220
Pool   
456-4446
Day Camp Pavilion (June - August during Day Camp)
456-3475
Lost and Found 
456-4446
Nott Rd. Park 
869-9884
Bus Questions/Day Camp
456-0786
Western Turnpike Golf Course
456-0786
Guilderland Performing Arts Center
456-3150
Mallozzi's Club House at Western Turnpike
355-0340

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.  Where can I find a listing of all Town of Guilderland parks and sites?

A.  The Town parks and related sites are listed as follows:

Schoolhouse Rd   
Albany, NY 12203
Route 146     
Guilderland, NY  12084
3420 East Lydius Street
Guilderland, NY 12084
6073 Nott Rd (Nott Road Park)
Guilderland, NY 12084
1028 DiBella Drive
Schenectady, NY 12303
25 Anne Drive
Schenectady, NY 12303
Tawasentha Park, Route 146
Guilderland, NY 12084
6355 French's Mill Rd
Guilderland Ctr, NY 12085
6073 Nott Road       
Guilderland, NY 12084
188 Route 146  
Guilderland, NY 12084
Tawasentha Park Pool
188 Route 146     
Guilderland, NY 12084
2350 Western Ave (Route 20)            
Guilderland, NY 12084
Route 146      
Guilderland, NY 12084
Route 146            
Guilderland, NY 12084

For directions, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 456-3150 or visit www.townofguilderland.org.

Q.  Where is the Parks & Recreation office located and what are the hours?

A.  The Parks & Recreation Department moved into its new building (the former florist shop) in January of 2007.  The office is located at 181 State Route 146, across from Tawasentha Park, less than a mile from the corner of Route 20 and Route 146.  The official mailing address is 181 State Route 146, Altamont, NY 12009.  The telephone number is (518) 456-3150; fax (518) 456-3156.  The office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. 

Q.  What permits can I pick up at the Parks & Rec office?

A.  Town residents can pick up Town Park/Transfer Station stickers at our office, as well as at the Town Hall and the Transfer Station.  You will need your vehicle registration in order to receive a sticker.  The stickers are in effect through 12/31/2014.  We also offer the following:

        Summer program brochures;
        Hiking trail maps for Tawasentha Park and the Winter Recreation Area;
        Pool Pass (family/$100 & individual/$60);
        Facilities Use Form to rent the large or small pavilion at Tawasentha Park;
        Field Use Permit and related documents for Nott Road field rentals;
        Western Turnpike Golf Course gift certificates;
        2015 Golf membership forms
        Maps of Guilderland
        Soil Sampling for Ph testing (drop off station for Cornell Cooperative Ext.);
        Resources on gardening, tick protection, soil basics, etc.  
 
Q.  How can I get Parks & Recreation information online?

A.  The Town's website is www.townofguilderland.org .  Click on Town Departments, then Parks & Recreation.  The Parks & Recreation page has additional links at the bottom of the page that will give you information on our parks and programs, the Town-owned Western Turnpike Golf Course, the Community Gardens, with links to forms, related websites, youth sports leagues, etc.  To find out about our recreation programs or register online, go to www.guilderlandrec.com .

Q.  I'm interested in a golf membership at the Town-owned Western Turnpike Golf Club.  How do I find out about golf rates and whom do I contact?

A.  You can contact the Parks & Recreation office at 456-3150 or theWestern Turnpike Golf Club pro shop at 456-0786. Golf membership renewals for 2015 are available with an early bird special ending on December 31, 2014.  For more information, go to www.westernturnpike.com .

Q.  Where do I get my golf ID?

A.  Residents can purchase their ID cards at the golf course.  Please contact the pro shop at Western Turnpike Golf Club at 456-0786 to have your photo taken.

Q.  When is Tawasentha Park open to the public?

A.  Tawasentha Park is open year-round from 8:00 am to dusk.  Residents with a park permit are allowed to enter the park at no charge.  Non-residents may be subject to a daily fee of $10 on weekdays and $20 on weekends and holidays, per vehicle.

Q.  When does the pool open, how much does it cost and how can I access it?

A.  The pool opens around June 13, 2015, weather permitting, and closes after Labor Day each year.  The pool is open to Town of Guilderland residents and their guests from noon - 7:00 pm Monday - Friday and 11:30 - 7:00 pm on weekends.  The fees are $3 for adults, and $1.00 for children 5-14.  Seniors over 60 and children under 5 years are free.  Residents can purchase daily passes or season passes for the pool (with some form of proof of residency) at the pool building at Tawasentha Park.   Pool season passes are available to residents:  $100.00 for a family and $60.00 for an individual.  The phone number for the pool and lost and found is 456-4446. 

Q.  How do I reserve a pavilion at Tawasentha Park?

A.  Guilderland residents may rent the large and small Pavilion from May 1 through October 31.  The large pavilion accommodates up to 200 guests and as of 1/1/15 the fee is $125 Monday - Thursday; $150 Friday - Sunday for Guilderland residents.  Businesses, groups of 100+ or private groups are $150 Monday - Thursday; $210 Friday - Sunday (must be reserved by a Guilderland resident).  A large grill area is available for use, as well as electricity and water.  There are no cooking facilities other than the grill area at the pavilions.  Public restrooms are located adjacent to the large pavilion.  The large pavilion holds approximately 20 - 25 picnic tables.  

The small pavilion accommodates up to 40 guests and the fee as of 1/1/15 is $75 Monday - Thursday; $100 Friday - Sunday for Guilderland residents.  Businesses or private groups are $100 Monday - Thursday; $125 Friday - Sunday (must be reserved by a Guilderland resident).  A water fountain, grill, and electricity are available for use.  The small pavilion holds approximately 8 picnic tables and is located in the lower fields.

The Parks & Recreation Department will begin booking pavilion space on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. on a first come, first served basis.  Walk-in reservations (with payment) will take priority over phone reservations.  A Request for Use of Facilities form (see Parks & Recreation Forms) must be sent with a check or money order made payable to the Town of Guilderland and mailed to Linda Cure, Parks & Recreation, 181 Route 146, Altamont, NY 12009 or residents can stop in at the Parks & Recreation Office located across from Tawasentha Park.  To guarantee booking a pavilion, residents must submit the Facilities Use Form and full payment to the Town of Guilderland.  Reservations by phone will be accepted for 10 business days.  If the Facilities Use Form and fees are not received, the reservation will be released after the 10th business day. A carry-in, carry-out trash policy is in effect for large and small pavilion usage. 

Q.  Does the Town offer summer camps or programs for children?

A.  The Guilderland Parks & Recreation Department offers a half-day Summer Camp program located at Tawasentha Park, starting at 8:00 am and ending at noon for children 5-13 years of age.  There is transportation available with pickups starting at 7:30 am.  The campers arrive at home around noontime.  Campers may take swimming lessons as part of camp.  Enrollment is limited on a first come first served basis for Guilderland residents.  Students who are 14 or 15 years old may participate in the Junior Volunteer Counselor (JVC) program.  We also have a Special Needs Day Camp, which operates in conjunction with the Guilderland Central School District.  The camp's theme is to promote fun, physical fitness, social enrichment, outdoor life and artistic creation.  Bus transportation is provided for the 6 weeks of the summer day camp.

In addition to the Day Camp, we offer Sport Camps of every imaginable sport activity.  From archery to Project Adventure to football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, cross-country running, golf, tennis, aqua zumba, gymnastics and volleyball.  Many of our own Guilderland teachers direct these specialty camps at our community facilities. 

Enrichment Camps are also offered at the schools during the summer.  Whether you would like to do “CSI: Guilderland” or the "Magic of Movie Making,” join the “Butterfly Bonanza” or practice your reading, writing, science and math skills, we have a program for you. The cost for these camps average $60.00 - $75.00 per  week.

Summer Camp brochures, which include information about the Tawasentha Day Camp and the Sports & Enrichment Camps, are sent via backpack mail through the schools to Guilderland residents at the end of March and/or early April each year. Brochures are also available for pick up at the local libraries and at the Parks & Recreation office (181 Route 146).

Brochures are also available online at www.guilderlandrec.com beginning in April.

Q.  What is there to do at the parks in the winter?

A.  The Town offers lots of cold weather activities during the winter.  Cold weather enthusiasts can take advantage of the town's park system, with sledding and snow tubing at the Winter Recreation Area (1/8 mile past the entrance to Tawasentha Park), snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing at the ungroomed trail system, or groomed cross country skiing trails at Western Turnpike Golf Course.  

Q.  How can I find out more about the trail system at Tawasentha Park and the Winter Recreation Area?

A.  Go to Tawasentha Park Hiking Trails and you'll find valuable information on the trail system and a map. 

Q.  Are dogs allowed in Town parks? 

A.  Dogs are allowed in all Town parks and the hiking trails.  All dogs must be kept on leash at all times.  Town regulations also require the removal of dog excrement from the trails and other park locations. 

Q.  Can my dog run off leash in any of the parks?

A.   The Town opened the Dog Park at Nott Road Fields, a large fenced in area where dogs can run off leash and socialize with other dogs.  Sorry, the Dog Park is restricted to Town of Guilderland residents only and you must have a a current dog license.  See Dog Park Rules for more information.  Dog Licenses can be obtained at the Town Clerk's office at Town Hall.  Dog park hours are 8:00 am to dusk.  From late October until April, one section of the park will be lit until 7:00 pm.  The Dog Park is partially plowed in the winter to allow access and has benches and a picnic table nearby. 

Q.  How much does a dog park permit cost?

A.   Dog license fees* are as follows:

        $10 for dogs that are spayed or neutered;
         $20 for dogs that are not spayed or neutered;
         $5.00 for seniors with dogs that are spayed or neutered;
         $10.00 for seniors with dogs that are not.
        (*Dogs must be licensed yearly)

            Dogs must have a current rabies certificate in order to obtain a dog license.

Q.  Who do I contact to reserve playing fields for league play?

A.  Contact the Guilderland Parks & Recreation office at 456-3150.  Leagues and organizations wishing to rent fields must fill out a Request for Field Permit and a Leagues and Organization Agreement and provide an insurance binder prior to using the fields.  The Town charges a fee for use of the Nott Road fields.  For more information, please see Nott Road Park Guidelines for Usage.

Q.  How do I find out more about the Community Gardens?

A.  Everything you need to know can be found on the Community Gardens webpage on the Town's website. 

Q.  How do I find out about the GPAC summer concert series schedule?

A.  The Guilderland Performing Arts Center (GPAC) summer concert series will be celebrating its 35th season in 2014.  The Thursday night concerts are free and open to the public (donations are gratefully accepted).   GPAC is located at Tawasentha Park and concerts begin at 7:30 pm.  For more information, go to Guilderland Performing Arts Center Schedule or call 456-3150. 

        The Town of Guilderland is pleased to offer quality parks, programming and cultural activities for our residents.  As always, we look forward to your comments and concerns. 


Kenneth D. Runion, Guilderland Town Supervisor

Linda Cure, Public Relations Officer



Guilderland Town Hall  PO Box 339, 5209 Western Tpk., Guilderland, NY 12084  Phone: (518) 356-1980  Fax: (518) 356-5514  
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