If you’re looking for a place to take your family to play or a spot for a good old-fashioned picnic, options abound in Albany. The City of Albany maintains 29 city parks; almost all parks offer picnic tables, and many offer covered picnic shelters. There are 21 parks with kids’ playgrounds, plus a community skatepark, disc golf courses, boat ramps, and sports fields.
During the summertime, you can rent a paddle boat and enjoy paddling around the lake at Waverly Park. The city’s first off-leash dog park is expected in 2014.
Linn County maintains 22 county parks, from the Larwood Wayside in Scio, where you can picnic next to a covered bridge and a historic water wheel, to Waterloo County Park, where you can picnic in the shade nearby the South Santiam River. Benton County maintains North Albany Park, just across the Willamette River in North Albany, where you can wander through woods and fields or eat under a covered picnic shelter.
Looking for picnic supplies? Loafers Station in downtown Albany sells a variety of sandwiches and deli salads available to go.