Buckingham Pond is by far one of our favorite parks/playgrounds in Albany. If you haven't visited yet, try to stop by on Sunday for Pond Appreciation Day. A great project for the family and you'd be helping preserve the park for all future visitors and wildlife. For more info: http://www.buckinghampondconservancy.org/
PS. I just heard from their Facebook Page that all the little pond animals are having their babies... yet another chance to see baby animals... in their natural habitat, no less.
Here's a playground review I did last fall for Buckingham Pond.