Settled in 1848, Albany was an agricultural hub and bustling shipping point, thanks to its location at the confluence of the Willamette and Calapooia rivers and access to railroad lines. Today, Albany serves as the Linn County seat and is a haven for outdoor recreation, supported by its more than 30 parks and access to assorted hiking and biking trails. The city’s revitalized downtown offers after-sport entertainment with vibrant shops, pubs and eateries.
Perhaps inspired by its river access, Albany attracts competitive swimmers to a host of major meets each year, as well as several softball and baseball tournaments to its two sports complexes. Regardless of the sport, when visiting Albany stay at any of Albany’s fine lodging establishments, including the Comfort Suites Linn County Fairground and Expo, Phoenix Inn Suites Albany, and the Best Western Plus Prairie Inn.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- 2020 USA Softball MSP Western National Championship (Timber-Linn and Bryant sports complexes, Sept. 4-7, 2020)
- 10-Under Oregon State Swimming Championships (Albany Community Pool, July 13-14)
- 2019 USA Girls Fast-Pitch Softball 10-under, 12-under, and 14-under Oregon State Championships (Timber-Linn and Bryant sports complexes)
- 2019 SSUSA Senior Softball Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championship (Timber-Linn Sports Complex, July 12-13)
- Long Course Swim Meet (Albany Community Pool, May 31-June 2, 408 participants)
CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered
- Volunteer Staff
- PR/Media Assistance
- Site Visits
- Transportation Assistance
- Mobile Apps
- Lodging Services
- Grant Programs
- Welcome Bags/Gifts
- Itinerary Development
- Event Planning Assistance
Click on tab to see more information about a specific facility
- Linn County Expo Center
- Albany Community Pool
- Bryant Park Sports Complex
- Timber-Linn Sports Complex
- Mid-Willamette Family YMCA
- Greater Albany Public Schools
- Kinder Park
- Boys & Girls Club of Albany
Linn County Expo Center
More than 209,000 square feet of total building space is available for your indoor multipurpose needs at the Linn County Expo Center. The Center consists of the Willamette Events Center, the Santiam Building, Cascade Livestock Pavilion, Calapooia Arena and space for RV camping. Calapooia Arena by itself offers 48,000 square feet of open space with bleacher seating for 2,400 spectators.
Albany Community Pool
Located next to South Albany High School, the Albany Community Pool is a 50-meter, Olympic-sized community pool. The facility serves as a key destination for both long-course and short-course swim meets and water polo events. In 2019 those included the 10-U Oregon State Swimming Championships, the Country Financial June Invite, the 3/4A High School District Championships, and the 14-U and 18-U water polo league championships.
Sports: Swimming and Diving
Bryant Park Sports Complex
Bryant Park offers a gorgeous setting, spread out over 72 wooded acres and is home to the Bryant Park Sports Complex, one of the area’s premier adult/youth softball and youth baseball venues. Bryant hosted the 2019 USA Girls Fast-Pitch 10U, 12U and 14U Oregon State Championships alongside the Timber-Linn Sports Complex and both co-hosted the 2019 SSUSA Senior Softball Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championship. Bryant will be a host site in September for the 2020 USA Softball MSP Western National Championship. The park also offers recreational amenities such as horseshoe pits, playgrounds, a disc golf course, picnicking sites, hiking trails and access to the Willamette and Calapooia rivers.
Sports: Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Disc Golf, Fishing
Timber-Linn Sports Complex
Like its companion site, Timber-Linn Sports Complex is one of the area’s top adult/youth softball and youth destinations and is frequently used in tandem with the fields at Bryant Park for larger tournaments. A Veterans Memorial, grass fields for softball and football, a playground and a lake for fishing round out this park. A dog park is available nearby for those bringing their four-legged friends. Alongside Bryant Park, Timber-Linn co-hosted the 2019 SSUSA Senior Softball Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championship and the 2019 USA Girls Fast-Pitch 10U, 12U and 14U Oregon State Championships. Timber-Linn will also be a host site for the 2020 USA Softball MSP Western National Championship in September.
Sports: Softball, Fishing, Soccer, Football
Mid-Willamette Family YMCA
Immensely popular with the locals, the Mid-Willamette Family YMCA offers some tremendous amenities throughout its campus. A six-lane lap pool with a low diving board, diving blocks and a rope swing, large strength and cardio workout area, fitness studios, additional gyms and racquetball courts make this facility a can’t-miss! The facility is in close proximity to the Albany Community Pool, which would make a great tandem for larger swimming events.
Sports: Swimming and Diving, Water Polo, Basketball, Cheer, Tumbling, Volleyball, Racquetball
Greater Albany Public Schools
Albany is fortunate to have two high schools with outstanding sports teams and facilities. Perhaps due to its importance within the state’s swimming scene at the youth level, West Albany High School is a powerhouse in the girls water polo game, while the dance and drill team excels for South Albany High School.
This well-kept park features an open playground with swings, a large play structure and two tournament-quality youth baseball/softball fields, making it a perfect stop for the whole family when you want to take in a ballgame. Plenty of benches are available for when you need a moments rest after walking or running on the trail, while open spaces make for excellent opportunities to throw a Frisbee around.
Sports: Baseball, Softball
Boys & Girls Club of Albany
Providing sports opportunities for Albany’s kids since 1966, the Boys & Girls Club of Albany offers six gymnasiums, which includes three full-sized basketball courts and two smaller courts, along with facilities for volleyball tournaments and a regulation-sized indoor soccer field. The club typically hosts four Columbia Empire Volleyball Association USA Volleyball tournaments a year.
Sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Indoor Soccer
What is there to do in Albany, OR?
Historic Downtown Albany is anchored by its classic carousel, which opened to the public in 2017. Visitors to the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum can take a ride on the exquisitely carved creations and then go behind the scenes with the carvers and painters to see how the magic comes to life.
Step back into time at the Monteith House Museum, Albany’s oldest building, construction completed in 1849. It is the most authentically restored pioneer-era home in Oregon.
The COOL! Pool at Swanson Park Action Center is the place to take the family in the summer months. Built in 2005, COOL! is kept at a refreshing 84 degrees and features a 36-foot-tall high slide as well as a lazy river.
The Albany Regional Museum, which houses much of the history of the Albany area, has a rich history of its own. Constructed in 1887, the two-story brick building was moved two block to its current location in 1912 by a team of horses. Inside, you’ll find fascinating insight on the rare metals and timber industries (which helped build Albany), as well as a 1920s-era kitchen, a shoe shine business dating back to World War II, and more.
The Talking Water Gardens offers the public a free education in sustainability. Learn how Albany and nearby Millersburg joined with metals manufacturer ATI to engineer this water treatment wetland, which helps cool treated water before being returned to the Willamette River. The 50-acre area is teeming with birds, frogs, turtles, and the occasional otters and martins, and offers two miles of hiking trails and viewing points.
Conveniently located near several hotels and shopping centers off I-5, Waverly Lake Park is a great escape year-round for those who are looking for a leisurely walk. In the summer months make sure you rent one of the paddle boats to fully enjoy the park.
Albany Community Pool: The 10 & Under Championships for the state of Oregon, held this year at Albany Community Pool on July 13-14, are amazing. Swimmers come from all over the state and compete in a 50-meter pool under USA Swimming & OSI regulations. The meet sees approximately 225-275 athletes each day of competition in events as short at 50 meters and as long as 200 meters. All four competitive strokes are used.
If you want to see future stars, this is the place to be.
-Rob Romancier, Recreation Programs Manager-Swimming, Albany Parks & Recreation
Timber-Linn & Bryant Sports Complexes: These venues hosted the USA Girls Fast-Pitch Oregon State Championship in 2011 & 2012, which was brought back again in 2014 through 2019 at the request of their customers, with no ambitions to move it again based on customer feedback. In 2020, these complexes will host the USA MSP Men’s Western National Championship, a precursor to the USA Sweet 16 Softball National Championship, and will host a pre-qualifier to this event in 2019.
-Bruce Edwards, Recreation Sports Coordinator, Albany Parks & Recreation
How to get to Albany, OR?
By Car: Albany is directly accessible off Interstate 5, as well as U.S. Route 20 or Oregon Routes 99E and 34.
By Train: Amtrak’s Coast Starlight runs between Bellingham and Eugene daily and stops at the Albany Depot.
By Air: Portland International Airport (PDX) is about 80 miles north of Albany. Eugene Airport (EUG) is just 43 miles south (or just a 50-minute drive).
Company Name: Albany Visitors Association
Sports Sales Manager: Kim Jackson
Title: Marketing Manager