Natural Resources

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In the Mount Ida area, only one plant species has been identified as endangered.  A flowering plant called navel cornflower (valerianella umbilicata) has not been seen here in over one hundred years.  It is currently listed as threatened or endangered in New York and four other eastern states.

Scenic sites along the northern bank:

Starting at Prospect Park and moving east, we examined several sites to better understand the terrain and its relationship to the built environment.  We selected points where there are natural overlooks into the gorge, likely areas for recreational use, and/or the potential for scenic vistas.  With the exception of one overlook in Prospect Park, none of these areas have been utilized in this manner to date.

Prospect Park

The park as a whole is beyond the scope of this project, but it is an important feature of the Congress Street corridor, including the upper section addressed in this project.  Framed by Mount Ida to the west, the park borders Congress Street on the north, then cuts behind a small neighborhood between Birch and Cypress streets.  At its southeastern corner it is bounded by the Poesten Kill, but the park soon veers away from the water, following Hill Street back to the western perimeter of the hillside.

Once a jewel of Troy’s park system, Prospect Park now lacks the amenities that once attracted people to enjoy its open spaces. 

Prospect Park is an 80 acre park overlooking the City of Troy.  Designed by RPI’s first Black graduate, Garnett Baltimore, the park is celebrating its centennial in 2007.  While Prospect Park has great potential for many kinds of recreational activities, it is ripe for a makeover, as shown by a crumbling concrete wall along Congress Street.  (Photo by Rich Montena, 2007).





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