john boyd thacher state park

A cocktail reception to raise funds for the visitor’s center at John Boyd Thacher State Park will be held on Nov. 3.

NEW SCOTLAND — A pair of peregrine falcons have been spotted on the south side of John Boyd Thacher State Park. But, while the news of the endangered birds have brought about excitement of their discovery, it has raised about concern over potential plans for an “adventure ropes course” proposed for the area.

NEW SCOTLAND — A year after a private fundraising campaign was launched to raise $1 million for a Thacher Park Center, more than half the goal has been reached, according to the Open Space Institute.

The 38-year-old, Erika Barkman, from Voorheesville, fell 50 to 60 feet, police said.

The state's parks department said this week that no proposal for a Thacher Park ropes course has yet been submitted, but that environmental impact studies have already been done.

 

Good for Guilderland, keeping its town pool open, and planning to rebuild, after fire destroyed its pool house. Every time we write a story about a drowning, we see the need for public pools where kids can learn to swim.

The money, obtained by the Open Space Institute, will be spent on “exhibitry and other interpretive projects to help people understand" the park's geology and history.

Great thanks must be extended to the memory and spirits of Emma Treadwell and John Boyd Thacher. Their initial philanthropic gift of the place known as “Indian Ladder; inspired many other succeeding individuals and groups to dedicate their time and efforts to the growth of our John Boyd Thacher State Park.

By the mid-19th Century, the famous Indian Ladder Region of the Helderberg had become a vacation-seeker’s paradise. Escaping the summer heat of the city for the elevated cool mountain breezes and fresh air of forest and field became a habit for many travelers in search of rest and recreation.

Last Saturday, a group of hikers were led through John Boyd Thacher State Park on a walk filled with history lessons given by Tim Albright.

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