CD Lane Park is located in the picturesque Maplecrest hamlet of Windham. Approximately 4 miles from Windham Town Hall, the park is a fantastic place to enjoy and explore the Great Northern Catskill Mountains. In the middle of 2020, the Windham Foundation approached the Windham Town Board about working together to bring new and improve the park’s amenities. Many additions have been added in 2020, and even more are planned for 2021, including having swimming and kayaking access.
CD Lane Park has many fun attractions, including:
- Pavilion with many picnic tables
- BBQ grills
- Children’s Playground
- Softball field
- Beach Volleyball
- Frisbee Golf
- Basketball Court
- Walking trails
- Hiking access
CD Lane Park was established in 1974 when a flood control dam was constructed approximately 4 miles from Windham Town Hall in Maplecrest. The dam is made of an earth embankment, a low-level outlet pipe, and an emergency grass spillway. The park was officially dedicated in 1982 and grew to include a softball diamond, basketball court, playground, volleyball court, picnic pavilion with BBQ grills, a walking path, and a 26-acre lake and accompanying beach.
Then in 2002, a 5,600 feet (1,700 m) section of the creek above C.D. Lane Park was restored. These projects included adding rock structures and planting native vegetation on the streambanks and floodplains to reduce erosion. Also, leaves and branches from the vegetation cool the water by providing shade, which improves the habitat for wildlife.