Friends of Oakdale lake

Dedicated to improving and supporting Oakdale Lake. 

Friends of Oakdale Lake is working to rejuvenate Oakdale Park by partnering with, and promoting the ideas of, the Hudson community.  Friends of Oakdale Lake aims to increase access to nature, improve the health of the lake, improve trail connectivity, and improve recreation infrastructure, strengthening opportunities for community activities, education, and enjoyment in Oakdale Park.


Eight Ideas

Thanks to the support of our community, Friends of Oakdale Lake have engaged the Hudson Valley Initiative (HVI) at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation to perform research and conceptual design in order to improve ecological conditions and recreational opportunities at Oakdale Lake for all Hudson residents, and in particular youth participating in Hudson Youth Department summer programming.

In keeping with the HVI’s mission, which is to facilitate applied research into the complex spatial, ecological, and economic opportunities of the Hudson Valley, HVI  brought students and faculty to Oakdale Lake to lead community workshops, develop design recommendations, and provide documentation that can be used to consult stakeholders, build strong community-oriented consensus, raise consciousness, and eventually apply for appropriate grants and partnerships for redesign, buildout, and renovation.

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“I think there are a lot of exciting ideas being discussed which is giving our community a great chance to re-evaluate what we are doing at Oakdale, and I look forward to seeing some of the those things come to fruition.”

Hudson Mayor Rick Rector


Our Lake Today

Oakdale Park is a 14-acre public park in downtown Hudson, NY. It's home to a 5-acre spring fed lake, a small sand beach, a ½-mile of trails, and a small playground. Oakdale is on the site of the park proposed for public use and enjoyment in 1911. Some of the original goals were met when it was first created, in 1915, and developed in subsequent years...

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Community Support


THANK YOU TO THESE People and Organizations

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