Friends of Oakdale lake

Dedicated to improving and supporting Oakdale Lake. 

"Within easy reach of everyone such a track of would be an inestimable boon and blessing to thousands of citizens; a playground for the children; a breathing space for the grown ups; a chance for boating that would be safe and convenient." - Proposed City Park, August 26, 1911


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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Acres of Public Park


Miles of Public Trails


Small playground


The Future is Bright

In a next step, Friends of Oakdale Lake would work in collaboration with 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 would bring 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.

From the HVI website: “By serving as the GSAPP clearinghouse for urban design, architecture, landscape, preservation, and planning work, the HVI enables substantive contributions to the long term health and viability of the region.”The HVI has undertaken similar projects, such as its recent collaboration with Poughkeepsie on its Fall Kill Creek.

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Community Support


On June 2, 2018 Friends of Oakdale Lake  gathered contact information from residents interested in improving Oakdale Lake at the annual Fishing Derby. Many shared their thoughts as well.

Overwhelmingly, people said the lake was a valuable community resource that should be improved and protected. Many spoke of their personal family history associated with the place.

All agreed it was wonderful that the lake was free and available to everyone. Many residents suggested areas for improvement. One pointed to a bicycle sitting below the surface of the water. Others wanted more docks and points of entry to the water.

Dozens of Hudson families, ranging from lifelong residents to recent transplants, have expressed support for a lake renovation project, and see the lake as a place to bring families from across Hudson together in one place.



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JUNE 2018

"It's about time somebody did something."

Hudson Resident/ Hudson Fishing Derby

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