UPDATE 3/14/20: This program is canceled because of safety concern during the coronavirus outbreak
The Hudson Area Library and the Greenport Historical Society present: Beyond the Farmyard, The Development of Oakdale Park by Paul Barrett, on Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm. Oakdale Park is a 14-acre public park in Hudson with a spring-fed lake, sand beach trails, and playground. It is used by the City of Hudson Youth Department as a summer day camp site, a fishing, canoeing and swimming area for many locals, a natural respite from the city, and a pedestrian path for those coming from the Fairview Avenue shopping area. As more understanding and support for the value of the area’s Oakdale Lake grows, through organization, such as the Friends of Oakdale Lake, interest in its creation and history have also increased.
This talk examines that history. In 1907, plans were already underway for a community of new homes in Hudson offering paved streets, sidewalks and convenient access to the Hudson business district. What’s more, the design of this new development included a five-acre manmade lake surrounded by a beautifully landscaped public park known as Oakdale. The brainchild of local farmer, banker and businessman Arthur Farrand, “Oakdale Park” was created for the benefit and enjoyment of all Hudson citizens. Local historian Paul Barrett, in collaboration with John Craig, discusses how the Glenwood Boulevard neighborhood developed and the importance of Oakdale Park for residents today.
Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for TKG Real Estate. This is his third talk for the library’s local history series. Assisting Mr. Barrett is Hudson Area Library History Room head researcher John Craig. John is also the long-time publisher of Rundy’s Journal.
A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.