Cheviot Park is a small, 1/3 acre park located at the end of Cheviot Road near the southern Town boundary. The park includes a concrete boat launch, two floating docks, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and fishing access. The gravel parking area has space for approximately 10 cars or trailers. At low tide, look for the vestiges of an old causeway connecting what was once a bustling commercial hub to a small island in the river channel. Cheviot Park is a Hudson River Valley Greenway Water Trail site. According to Germantown town historian Tom Shannon, the area was originally known as Jacobi’s Landing, named for local resident and Palatine descendant Heinrich Jacobi. The name “Cheviot” is a reference to the Cheviot Hills in Scotland, visible from the ancestral home of the Livingston family, who were major landowners in the Germantown area.
Ernest R. Lasher Jr. Memorial Park is an approximately 2 acre park located in North Germantown at the end of Anchorage Road. Enjoy access to a NYSDEC fishing site, concrete boat launch ramp, picnic tables, and charcoal grills. Also at Lasher are an information kiosk, the American Legion Flag, and a G- Tel webcam where you can wave to your friends on Germantown’s local access channel. Lasher park is named in honor of Germantown resident Ernest Reginald Lasher, Jr who was killed in action during the Vietnam war while serving in the US Army. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. A memorial dedicated to him is also situated within the park. The paved parking lot can hold 20 cars or trailers. The park is a Hudson River Valley Greenway Water Trail site. The Greenway Water Trail is made up of seventy sites stretching from Saratoga County to Manhattan’s Battery Park. The trail includes river access and paddle-craft launches along the river every ten miles, and camping sites every fifteen. The park closes a half hour after sunset and opens a half hour after sunrise. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.
Palatine Park is the Town’s largest municipal park; it includes a children’s playground, baseball and softball fields, three soccer fields, three basketball courts, a walking trail, a covered pavilion, concessions stand, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and public restrooms. The park wraps around Lake George South, a small, human-made lake with a sandy beach. Located along the Eastern side of the park, The Kellner Community Activities Building can be rented for meetings, events, and private parties by both community members and local organizations. For more information on reservations and fees please contact town hall at 518-537-6687. Palatine Park is also home to the town dog park, appropriately named Palatine Bark, complete with doggy waste bags and a canine gym. For a full list of rules for Palatine Bark, please click here. Behind this is a small pond where people can often be seen fishing. During the summer months, a day camp, Camp Palatine, is run for the benefit of Germantown children, as well as those from neighboring towns. A Memorial dedicated to 9/11 as well as a Veterans Memorial can be found in front of the parking lot adjacent to Town Hall on Palatine Park Road.
Roe-Jan Kill Park Roe-Jan Kill Park is an approximately 2 acre municipal park on the banks of the Roeliff Jansen Kill on the north side of Dales Bridge. The park consists of a pavilion, picnic tables, and charcoal grills. The park allows for fishing access and a designated public camping area with tent platforms lets visitors camp out on the grounds. The Town rents the area on the south side of the road to the Germantown Sportsmen’s Association. The southern site includes a meeting house and streamside access at the “Old Town Beach.” The lower level land and kayak launch are open to the public.