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Park With Panoramic Views Near Albany Opens $4.3M Center

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A popular state park that offers panoramic views of the Albany area has opened its new $4.3 million visitor’s center to introduce folks to the park's trails and to provide environmental education. 

A ceremony to officially open the 8,240-square-foot  Thacher State Park Center was held Thursday. State parks commissioner Rose Harvey says the new center will help showcase the park.

“Thacher State Park and now Thacher Park Center is the signature project of Governor’s New York 2020”

The 2,500-acre park sits on the Helderberg Escarpment some 10 miles west of Albany, offering spectacular views of the Hudson Valley, Green Mountains and the foothills of the Adirondacks.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.