Year in review: New downtown playground part of Veterans Park

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The city introduced a new park, complete with a playground, pavilion, basketball courts and more -- in May 2012.

The $1.4 million Veterans Way Park straddles Veterans Way near downtown Hudson. Its features include a playground, pavilion, sand volleyball court, basketball courts, swing sets and a series of trails.

Volunteers helped assemble the new playground, which received financial help from Hudson Community First and the Leadership Hudson class of 2008.

The playground, which meets regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act, has one play area for children ages 2 to 7, another for children 7 to 12, a nature themed play panel, swing sets, a tree and vine climbing structure and a musical instruments panel. It can be expanded in the future.

"In the beginning, we didn't have a clear vision of just what we wanted to do with that park but knew it was time to work on it," said Park Board President Rob Swedenborg.

Leadership Hudson expressed interest in building a playground, and Community First wanted to develop an activity and gathering place for students and teens, which helped create the vision, Swedenborg said.

Wetlands at the site provided a challenge, but are now an attraction along new trails, he said.

"It's a great place for people who just want to get out and stroll," Swedenborg said. "The park has something for everyone and is a real asset to downtown."

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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