Bored, looking for something to do outside? Look no further than the St. Albans Bay Park, located on Lake Road. This 45 acre park offers a wide array of activities for all ages. The playground, softball fields, sand volleyball courts, basketball court and horseshoe pits offer an outlet for some healthy exercise. When it comes time to fuel up, the BBQ’s, picnic tables and covered pavilion are there to make a day of the outing. Pack the family up, bring some food and drinks and enjoy the summer weather.
Recent visitors may have enjoyed a walk on the paved pathway that travels from the bathhouse, along the waterfront and to the dock. It was installed last summer and will be expanded this summer to create a longer route for walkers and runners who have been regularly enjoying it. The path offers a way for everyone to access the park and has received a great reception from the public.
The Bay Park has 1,900 feet of shoreline and is a great place to launch your kayak or go for swim on a hot day. The 450 foot concrete dock has the capacity to hold 15 boat slips and is a busy place for local fishermen to catch one of the 80 species of fish that call Lake Champlain home.
The historic Stone House on the property contains restrooms and in the central lobby area there are 10 picnic tables that can be used by visitors. Both the Stone House and the picnic shelters can be rented out for events. The current rates are $200 for commercial or industrials groups and $100 for town families, groups or non-profits. There are also very reasonable rental rates for exclusive use of the basketball court, volleyball court and softball fields.
Of note is that dogs are not allowed within the park and there is not potable water, so be sure to pack water bottles. If you forget, the walking path takes you past The Bay Store, where you can purchase a variety of groceries, fishing supplies and perhaps one of their delicious creemees (as an occasional treat, of course:). Unfortunately, there are serious concerns about the water quality at the Bay, especially in the second half of summer, as the algae blooms grow in the heat. If you are planning to swim always check the water quality reports before going in. The Vermont Department of Health maintains a website of water quality conditions throughout the state at http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/bg_algae/weekly_status.aspx or you can call the town.