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Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, right, with former owner of the duck, Pam Briggs of Albany, takes a closer look of the Waverly duck after its launch at Waverly Lake in Albany.

Albany Parks & Recreation has removed the Waverly Duck from Waverly Lake for the winter, according to a press release from the department, and will be placed in storage.

The duck will be reinstalled on or about May 1, 2018, weather permitting.

The duck, a creation of Spray Foam Inc. owner Steve Fletcher, was re-released into the lake on June 29 after months of fundraising and rehabilitation efforts by volunteers with the Albany Arts Commission and Main Auto Body, which donated nearly 40 hours of labor and materials.

The 500-pound duck greeted drivers rolling into Albany along Pacific Boulevard in the mid-1980s, and was purchased in 1997 by antique shop owner Mike Briggs. In 2007, the city's Parks Department decided to pull it from the water in the wake of concerns over its condition and upkeep.

The idea to resurrect the duck came in January, when Briggs' widow, Pam, asked Mayor Sharon Konopa if the city wanted to take ownership of the icon. But when the City Council washed its hands of the idea, the duck's fate fell to Konopa, city councilor Ray Kopczynski and Ed Hodney, the city's acting economic development and urban renewal director.

The trio established a GoFundMe page to raise the $5,000 they estimated they would need to restore and maintain the duck.

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