Hudson Receives Grant for Oakdale Trail Sign
City of Hudson Youth Department, Friends of Oakdale Lake, Friends of Hudson Youth, and Columbia Land Conservancy to Collaborate on Interpretive Trail SignThe Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) announced that Hudson is one of six municipalities to be awarded a $500 grant through its first-ever municipal grant program.
The grant will help fund an interpretative trail sign at Oakdale Lake. The sign will help direct visitors to Oakdale to enjoy the nature trail that circles the lake. The trail includes a forested walk with varying vantage points to view the lake.
“This trail is one of Hudson’s hidden gems, and Friends of Hudson Youth is excited to collaborate in making it more accessible to our community,” said Peter Frank, Board member of Friends of Hudson Youth.
The City of Hudson Youth Department, Friends of Oakdale Lake, Friends of Hudson Youth will collaborate on creating a map and text that describes the trail features and then creating and installing the sign. Friends of Oakdale Lake and Friends of Hudson Youth will contribute to the project to cover additional costs beyond the grant.
“This is wonderful news,” Commissioner of Youth Maija Reed commented on the grant announcement. “Hudson’s Oakdale Lake Park will truly benefit by the addition of signage, both in welcoming the community and in inviting exploration and understanding of this precious natural resource within our urban landscape."
In recent years, there has been significant trail maintenance and improvements, including the construction of a platform at the southern end of the lake.
“We are overjoyed at each step we are able to take toward investment in and attention to Oakdale Lake and Park, and treasure collaboration with the City of Hudson, Friends of Hudson Youth, and the CLC,” said Tamar Adler, founder Friends of Oakdale Lake.
Oakdale Lake also features a beach, swimming (when lifeguards are present), basketball courts, skate park, playground, bike fix-it station, picnic tables, and pavilion. Friends of Oakdale Lake, the City of Hudson Youth Department, and CLC are also collaborating on a citizen science water quality project.
The trial sign project is one of many public park and greenspace improvements including Promenade Hill Park and Urban Forestry.
CLC also awarded grants to the Towns of Livingston, Hillsdale, Ancram, Gallatin, and Clermont.
“We were so impressed by the variety and creativity in these projects,” says Rebecca Walker, CLC’s Communications and Grants Manager. “Residents who live in these communities will benefit from the hard work of these municipalities.”
“Supporting municipal partners with grants like these was identified as a priority in CLC’s recent Strategic Plan,” says Robin Andrews Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are excited to help support our local governmental entities working to advance conservation goals on behalf of all of Columbia County.”