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.