Parks & Recreation

Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update

CAMP UPDATE - 6/3/20

In response to the Governor's announcement on Tuesday, June 2nd, we are proceeding forward with our summer camp programming and plan to beginning on our original start date of June 29th.  Starting Monday, June 8th, registration will be open for summer recreation programming.  The Tawasentha 1/2 Day Camp will proceed forward with reduced available registrations and alternate activities.  The Day Camp program is waiting further guidance and approval from the Albany County Department of Health.   Enrichment and sports programs will also proceed forward with adjusted/modified programming.  More detailed information will follow and be emailed to account holders within the next couple of days. 

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Stay healthy and safe - we are looking forward to a summer full of fun!


The Town of Guilderland Parks and Recreation Department would like to encourage our residents to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors!

Our state, country and world have all been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis.   It is a nerve-racking time, especially with many things and events we all enjoy being canceled or postponed in an effort to help prevent the spread of the virus.  Getting outdoors and connecting with nature is a great way to help maintain our mental and physical health!  According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, “Scientific studies show that time outside in nature, especially among trees, significantly reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, energy, and sleep, and boosts the immune system.”  

Spring is coming, and temperatures have started to rise – This is the perfect time to Hike Guilderland!  Our parks and open spaces are open to visitors from dawn to dusk, seven days a week!  Our staff is encouraging that all visitors carry-in/carry-out their own garbage at this time.  All bathrooms at Tawasentha Park are closed except for our year round bathrooms by the Chalet Pavilion – These are cleaned daily.

All playgrounds at parks around town will be closed until further notice for the safety of all residents and park visitors.

Check out the Hike Guilderland! page on our website to find trail information and maps.

While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH’s guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

·Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.

·  Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.

·  Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

·  Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails.

If you’re looking to travel a little, public trails in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks and State Forests throughout the state are also always open.  Find a location near you on the NYS DEC website,  

We hope you are able to get outside and enjoy our parks!

UPDATE: 4/9/20

We are happy to see so many visitors at Tawasentha Park over the past few days! A reminder: We have many great parks and trails in and around Guilderland!

If the park or trail you're visiting is crowded, please consider checking out one of our other options to help follow social distancing mandates!

DiCaprio Park, Nott Road Park and Keenholts Park all are great open spaces to get some fresh air - check out the list of our parks at

We are also lucky to be surrounded by walking/hiking trails - check out our Hike Guilderland! page to see details on trails like those in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve or Bozen Kill Preserve!

Welcome to the Guilderland Parks and Recreation Office!

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the design, maintenance, promotion and beautification of numerous parks, recreational facilities and seasonal programs throughout the Town.  The Parks and Recreation Department employs numerous full-time, part-time and seasonal employees to assist with various programs and camps.  In addition to the Parks and Recreation Office, employees are located at the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Building, the Western Turnpike Golf Course and Tawasentha Park

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The Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous programs to residents, including seasonal sports and enrichment programs, swim lessons, hiking trails, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and GPAC concerts throughout the summer.  The Town co-sponsors special community events, such as the Pine Bush Triathlon, cross-country races at Tawasentha Park and numerous other events throughout the year.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Colin J Gallup Director of Parks and Recreation (518) 456-3150
Amy Boyt Recreation Administrative Assistant (518) 456-3150
Taylor Mead Recreational Program & Activities Coordinator (518) 456-3150