The climbing wall featured in my last column is in the playground area of Cascade Park…and the fact that people also guessed Hudson Springs and Middleton Road leads me to believe we have more than one climbing wall in the playground areas in the Hudson parks. Obviously I need to be exploring a bit more, and what perfect weather for it!
In the mid-1960s, the MacLaren family sold the land for Cascade Park to the City, and much later, the land for MacLaren Woods to the Park Board. MacLaren Woods is a 27-acre wooded area which backs up to Cascade Park and Ellsworth Meadows golf course. It is currently used as a nature and wildlife preserve and contains a substantial stand of large conifers that serves as a nesting site for birds. I'm assuming Cascade Park got its name from the stream with waterfalls that winds through the park, ending in a natural peat bog. There are much improved trails with wonderful signs indicating different species of trees and lovely benches to sit on if you get tired (or if you want to throw a little additional exercise into your walk and do some reverse pushups). You can simply go around the two 3/4-mile trails in the original park or head off for a further adventure across the bridge. You will find yourself on a delightfully wooded trail with Ellsworth Meadows on your left and Nicholson Drive on your right.
I've been writing this column for a year, and your response has been wonderful. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge and the column will continue, but it is getting more difficult to come up with new ideas. Tom Vince, historian and archivist extraordinaire, has agreed to take every third Wednesday for a similar but different column on Hudson history. Next week will be his first in a sure-to-be-treasured series featuring interesting bits of Hudson's heritage. My column will continue to appear - you'll just sometimes have TWO weeks to search for the answer.