Reflection and Learning Garden

Lincoln Park in downtown Albany, New York, is a historically significant outdoor haven for city residents. The upcoming Reflection and Learning Garden, a joint effort between the City of Albany and the Albany Water Board, will grace the ravine at Lincoln Park.

Green infrastructure, ecological enhancements, and native plantings will mitigate combined sewer surface discharges and odor issues within Lincoln Park. As the visionary behind the new public park, CHA led the conceptual design process. The site features wetlands, pollinator meadows, outdoor classrooms, a meditation labyrinth, a human sundial, a rustic pavilion, and nature-based play structures. Collaborating closely with a community committee, CHA incorporated their valuable input into the park’s design, communicated through a 3D model, renderings, and animations.

The planned garden will further invigorate Lincoln Park, a recreational hotspot. It will bolster year-round activities while paying homage to the park’s cultural heritage and natural history.

Project summary


Located within the 68-acre Lincoln Park in downtown Albany.


Part of ongoing $45 million effort to improve the Hudson River's water quality.


Paired with renderings and animations, CHA utilized a 3D model to communicate the design intent.

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Nick Schwartz, RLA, LEED AP*

Nick Schwartz, RLA, LEED AP*
Section Manager, Principal Landscape Architect

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Nick has over 30 years of experience in planning and landscape architecture. He manages sustainable and green design applications, urban design, streetscape enhancements, and community redevelopments. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Nick provides leadership on issues concerning the LEED rating systems and process administration.