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The Capital Region, also known as the Capital District, located in mid-eastern New York refers to the metropolitan area that surrounds the state’s capital,

Albany, Clifton Park, Latham, and Saratoga, NY are located within the Capital Region, as are Troy and Schenectady.

As of 2018, the area’s population exceeded 1.17 million and was expected to continue growing, thanks to the area’s many open positions in the technology, education, and healthcare sector.

In the last decade, the Capital Region has received multiple accolades, including being named #15 on Forbes list of “America’s Most Innovative Cities” and #9 on Forbes list of “America’s Best Places to Raise a Family.”

Parks and Recreation in the Capital Region

There are plenty of parks to choose from in the Capital Region, allowing for all kinds of outdoor adventures. Buckingham Lake Park is ideal for anyone who loves to spend time on, in, or near the water.

The park centers on 5-acre Buckingham Pond or Rafts Pond, which is surrounded by a gravel walking path. Known for its quiet and serene atmosphere, this park is perfect for watching nature, such as the many geese that make the lake their home.

The park also boasts a modern children’s playground with safe equipment. During the freezing winter months, the lake often serves as an ice skating rink.

Friends of Peebles Island State Park is another great option. Set on 190 acres, the park is located at the confluence of the Hudson River and Mohawk River. Well-kept hiking trails, ranging from easy to more difficult, make this a favorite of hikers, particularly those hoping to catch a glimpse of the deer, eagles, and other wildlife that make this their home. It is also a great spot for cross-country skiing during the winter months.

Anyone who prefers a more urban outdoor experience will appreciate 68-acre Lincoln Park. This park includes multiple sports fields, a weight room, basketball courts, a children’s playground, and a swimming pool with a sprinkling system.

Six Mile Waterworks Park is also located in the Capital Region. This 57-acre park is home to a stocked lake with fishing platforms. In addition to the lake being a great fishing spot, it is also ideal for kayaking, waterboarding, and catching birds, fish, and turtles in their natural habitat. There are several trails within the park, as well as spots for picnicking with charcoal grills.

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Schools in the Capital Region

The Capital Region is spread over 7,228 sq. miles. As a result, there are multiple school systems in the area.

The Shenendehowa Central School District has the largest enrollment in the Capital Region, serving around 9,800 students, who live primarily in Clifton Park.The district has 12 schools.

Eight of the schools, including 4 elementary schools (PreK-5th), 3 middle schools (6th-8th), and 1 high school (9th-12th) are located on the district’s 232-acre main campus, though they are in 5 different buildings. The other 4 elementary schools are situated throughout the county.

The North Colonie Central School District serves most of the students living in the Latham area. This district has seen a significant increase in the number of students they serve over the last few years. Currently, there are around 5,544 students, who are spread across 6 elementary schools (PreK-6th), 1 junior high school (7th-8th), and 1 high school (9th-12th).

Students living in Saratoga attend one of the eight schools in the Saratoga Springs City School District. The approximately 6.442 students are spread across 6 elementary schools (PreK-5th), one middle school (6th-8th), and one high school (9th-12th).

All three of the public school systems have a reputation for excellence and small classroom sizes.

The Capital Region is also home to multiple private schools, ranging from those focused on religion, such as Loudonville Christian School and Academy of the Holy Names to Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, where the curriculum is designed to “educate the whole student and graduate global citizens with a curiosity about the world.”

Weather in the Capital Region

The Capital Region is best known for freezing winters and warm, wet summers.

The cold season begins in late November and lasts through April. During this period, the average daily temperature is 42°F and the area sees around 52” of snow total. The Capital Region does have plans in place to ensure the roadways are as safe as possible.

During the summer months, the average daily temperature usually rises above 73°F. Rain is not uncommon during the summer, with a more than 29% chance of rain on any given day.

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