Hudson Valley Initiative/Friends of Oakdale Lake
8 Design Ideas for Oakdale Lake presentation and public discussion
Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm
Hudson Youth Center, 18 South 3rd Street
Childcare and pizza provided
Columbia University’s Hudson Valley Initiative (HVI) and Friends of Oakdale Lake invite the public to share feedback on “8 Design Ideas for Oakdale Lake” at 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 11 at the Hudson Youth Center. Using feedback gathered at the first public meeting on October 13, the HVI has broken a design concept into eight doable parts. The December 11 workshop is a part of the HVI’s Oakdale research and design planning project, which aims to develop a shared vision for the future of the lake. Free childcare and pizza will be provided.
The Hudson Valley Initiative (HVI) brings students and faculty at Columbia University together with community-based organizations to collaboratively develop, design and create spaces that address the needs of the community. “Since we first worked with youth at the Hudson Youth Department summer camp in August, we have learned so much about this community and its love for Oakdale,” says HVI Director, Kaja Kühl. “We feel very fortunate to participate in this inclusive and welcoming design process,” she says.
The first Oakdale community input meeting was attended by Hudson residents, and gave the HVI plenty of material. “We heard so many fabulous ideas at the first community workshop in October for different aspects of Oakdale,” she says. “We wanted to find a way to accommodate as many as possible, so rather than one big vision, we are excited to come back to Hudson and share a series of design ideas with Hudson residents. Each can be pursued individually and at different timelines, together they provide a vision for Oakdale as a destination for all”.
Created in 1915, Oakdale Park is a 14-acre public park in downtown Hudson, NY. It includes a 5-acre spring fed lake, a small sand beach, a ½-mile of trails and small playground. It is walking distance from downtown Hudson, is free and open to the public and serves as the home of Hudson’s Youth Department summer camp. Photographs from the 1950s and 1960s show the lake well resourced and regularly used for swim instruction and races, boating, ice skating, luaus, and more. In the years since, sections have fallen into disrepair. Local residents formed Friends of Oakdale Lake in March 2018 with the aim of improving ecological conditions and recreational opportunities at Oakdale Lake.