Welcome to Guilderland's Parks! The Town of Guilderland is proud to offer its residents 7 well-maintained, multi-use parks within the Town. The parks are open to all Town of Guilderland residents and most facilities are open year-round until dusk. Residents of the Town can obtain park stickers for Tawasentha Park and the Winter Recreation Area at the Town Clerk's Office in Town Hall or at
the Parks & Recreation Department located across from Tawasentha Park on Route 146.
188 Route 146, Altamont, NY
Located on Route 146, approximately one-half (1/2) mile south of U.S. Route 20, Tawasentha Park was officially opened to residents in 1969. The land for this park consists of 200 acres of rolling wooded areas and open play areas located in the center of the Town of Guilderland. The park is renowned for its beautiful gardens. Recreational facilities include:
Quiet wooded areas and picnic groves;
Tennis courts open from April 1 to December 1;
Shuffleboard & horseshoes;
Swimming pools & swim lessons in the summer;
Fishing, kayaking and canoeing;
Winter recreation area (sledding & snowshoeing);
Tawasentha Park is open year round from morning until dusk. Opening and closing times are posted for the convenience of the public. Overnight parking, camping and hunting is not permitted. Resident parking is free with a park sticker. Non-resident parking is $10 per vehicle during the week and $20 per vehicle on weekends and holidays.
In 2008, the Town of Guilderland opened the bridge linking the Tawasentha Park main trails to the trails at the Winter Recreation area. The hiking trails at the park include three sections: the main park loop, the winter recreation area and the community gardens sections (maps are available online or at the Parks & Recreation office). Hikers can enjoy the picturesque views of the Normans Kill, ravines, waterfalls, open meadows and woodland terrain. Binoculars are recommended to view the local wildlife and bird species that make the woods and meadows their home.
Guilderland residents may rent the large and small Pavilions from May 1 through October 30.
The large pavilion accommodates up to 200 guests and the fee as of 1/1/13 is $100 Monday - Thursday; $115 Friday - Sunday for Guilderland residents. The fee for businesses, groups of 100+ or private groups is $125 Mon - Thursday; $185 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 1/1/13 is $55 Monday - Thursday; $80 Friday - Sunday for Guilderland residents. The fee for businesses or private groups is $80 Monday - Friday; $105 Friday - Sunday. 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 the first business day of January each year. A Request for Use of Facilities form must be sent with a check or money order made payable to the Town of Guilderland and mailed to Dennis Moore, Director of 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.
A wide range of directed Summer Recreation programs include activities for children, teens, family groups, senior citizens, children with disabilities and cultural and recreational programs such as Guilderland Performing Arts Concerts on Thursday nights, Children's Theatre, Art Festivals, Cross Country running meets and other special events throughout the year.
The Guilderland Parks & Recreation Department offers a Summer Day Camp program open to Guilderland youth 5 to 13 years of age. The Day Camp, located at Tawasentha Park, is offered over three two-week sessions, from the end of June to the beginning of August. The camp's theme is to promote fun, physicial fitness, social enrichment, outdoor life and artistic creation. Free bus transportation is provided for the 6 weeks of the summer day camp. Summer Camp brochures are mailed to Guilderland residents at the end of March and/or early April each year. Brochures are also available online at www.guilderlandrec.com.
In addition to the Day Camp, numerous enrichment and sports camps are offered by the Parks & Recreation Department throughout the summer at various locations in Guilderland.
The Guilderland Babe Ruth league plays out of two fields; the Babe Ruth Field in Tawasentha Park and the Dutchmen Field in Keenholt's Park. The Dutchmen Field has been in operation since 2006 and is primarily used by the older players. The field at Tawasentha Park has been in use since the 1970's and is used by the younger players. A new scoreboard donated in part by Berkshire Bank was recently erected at the Dutchmen Field. The Town is looking forward to irrigation of the Dutchmen Field in 2008.
From the NYS Thruway (90 East) -
Exit 24 to the Northway going south to Western Avenue (Route 20 West). Turn right onto Western Avenue. Drive 4.5 miles to Route 146 (headed toward Altamont). Turn left onto Route 146, drive one-half mile and turn left into the Park. Residents must have a park sticker in order to enter the park for free.
From the NYS Thruway (90 West) -
Exit 1S to Western Avenue (Route 20 West). Turn right onto Western Avenue. Drive 4.5 miles to Route 146 (headed toward Altamont). Turn left onto Route 146, drive one-half mile and turn left into the Park. Residents must have a park sticker in order to enter the park for free.
From the Northway -
Exit onto Western Avenue (Route 20 West). Turn right onto Western Avenue. Drive 4.5 miles to Route 146 (headed toward Altamont). Turn left onto Route 146, drive one-half mile and turn left into the Park. Residents must have a park sticker in order to enter the park for free.
Kenneth D. Runion, Supervisor
Dennis Moore, Director of Parks & Recreation