The railroad bridge in my last column takes walkers and bikers over the railroad tracks from Ravenna Street to Colony Park; just follow the path at the end of South Hayden Street. This is one of three ways to access the park, in addition to driving in from the north end of Ogilby. If you take the walking path south to Mayflower Drive you can then follow Brewster Drive to Barlow Farm Park!
This started me thinking about all of Hudson's parks and how most of them are accessible from so many different neighborhoods. Hudson Springs has at least three ways to walk in besides the main entrance, and people from North Hayden, Victoria Parkway and Glen Echo can get to it easily by jumping into Bicentennial Woods and walking down to the park (by the way, the 33 acres of Bicentennial Woods is one of the few remaining hardwood forests left in Hudson). Residents in the Canterbury Lakes area can walk across state Route 303 by Draper Cemetery and access the park from Doug Avenue. Cascade Park has two entrances from Nicholson Drive, and I just discovered that Middleton Park has at least two additional walking entrances leading from neighborhoods on either side of the park. You can walk into the Barlow Community Center pond area from Ravenna Street, South Oviatt or Pinewood and Fox Trace Lane. Veterans Way Park is easily walkable from the East Case/West Case area, in addition to downtown, South Main and Bard Drive. And those are just the parks I've been in recently. I know you can also access all the wonders of Barlow Farm Park from the neighborhoods, in addition to the main entrance.
The weather in late summer and fall is perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Just some of the activities available at our parks include fishing, boating, bocce ball, sand volleyball, disc golf, ball fields and soccer fields, skate-boarding, playgrounds, grills, picnic tables and pavilions, plenty of hiking, and just sitting and watching nature. At Hudson Springs Park they are adding a whole new area of disc golf, which in the spring will be awash with wildflowers.
Thanks to Hudson's Park Department and the volunteer Park Board who have worked, and continue to work, to make our 1,128 acres of parkland easily accessible by foot for as many residents as possible.