Friends of Hudson Parks meetings are the second Thursday evening of each month, at 7pm at the Hudson Library and Historical Society. Dates and times may periodically change – see our Calendar for up-to-date schedule information. Information on the parks including trails and maps can be found on the village’s parks website here.
Kayak and Paddle Board Classes
New in 2017 are entry-level kayak and paddle board classes that will be offered at Hudson Springs Park. Friends of Hudson Parks is pleased to partner with Kent State Crooked River Adventures to be able to offer these exciting new courses. Experienced boarders and kayakers will also benefit. Safety training, instruction and equipment will be provided by Crooked River Adventures.
Four classes and times are available:
• Saturday 7/8: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Kayak class
• Saturday 7/15: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Paddle board class
• Saturday 7/22: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Kayak class
• Saturday 7/29: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Paddle board class
Please use the following links to register for a class:
For kayaking – https://fareharbor.com/crookedriveradventures/items/48927/
For paddle boarding – https://fareharbor.com/crookedriveradventures/items/50952/
Participants must be age 14 or older. Cost is $40 per person (plus taxes and fees). Space is limited, so anyone interested should register soon.
Playground Palooza 2017
The third annual Playground Palooza runs June 3 through August 6, 2017 and is open to children ages 2 to 12 years. Click here for information including which parks to visit and information about our free giveaway!
Event sponsor: Acme Fresh Market, (116 West Streetsboro Street, Hudson)
Please support these wonderful organizations committed to our community and the environment!
Children’s Summer Programs
Please note – registrations are nearly full for these free classes – please click here for more information.
The Friends of Hudson Parks Geocaching Adventure continues in 2017 with the launch of a new series of caches at the beginning of April. This is a perfect activity to get out into the parks to enjoy in any season. One cache is hidden within each of the following six parks:
- Hudson Springs Park
- Colony Park
- Darrow Road Park
- Maple Grove Park
- Wildlife Woods
- Barlow Farm Park
There is also a 7th bonus cache: find the codes in each of the 6 caches to determine the coordinates for the 7th bonus cache located in a Hudson Park. All 7 caches will remain available at least through the end of 2017. These caches are identified as “FOHP1-17” through “FOHP6-17” along with the park name and “FOHP Bonus – 2017.”
Record the code you find in each of the 6 caches on the 2017 Geocaching Adventure form (click here to download the form). Add the sticker you will find in the bonus cache and drop your completed form in the mail box at the Hudson Springs Park entrance booth or mail the completed form to Friends of Hudson Parks, P.O. Box 941, Hudson, OH 44236. Each cacher who turns in a properly completed form will receive an original 2017 Friends of Hudson Parks pathtag (while supplies last). Your pathtag will be mailed to you. In addition, those returning a completed form by November 30, 2017 will have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Appalachian Outfitters.
For a list of the active Friends of Hudson Parks geocaches click here. You will need to register and create an account at Geocaching.com – registration is free and quick to do. In addition to the 2017 FOHP series of caches, all of the caches placed for the 2016 series and most of the caches from the 2014 and 2015 series remain available to be found.
Thanks to The Muddy Dawgs (Bill and Sue Holman) for hiding the caches and to Appalachian Outfitters for sponsoring the event.
Park Ambassador Program
The Park Ambassador Program is a volunteer service providing the opportunity for individuals to be stewards for specific Hudson parks and enhance the park experience for the community.
Launched in May, 2014 the program provides structured park-level stewardship activities to perform throughout the year. Examples of ambassador duties include walking the parks to document repair or maintenance needs, looking for and suggesting improvements and activities for their parks, and interacting with park users to promote safe and positive use of park properties.
To become an ambassador, start by clicking on the links here to download and complete the Ambassador Application and Ambassador Waiver forms. The forms can be dropped off at the park office in Hudson Springs Park during their office hours or forms can be mailed to Friends of Hudson Parks, PO Box 941, Hudson, Ohio 44236.
Please contact Rhonda Kadish at Rhonda.email@example.com with additional questions. Get involved – we need your support!
Ambassadors – download your Park Ambassador Monthly Report form here. Once you save the template file to your hard drive, you can edit it each month and submit the updated file to the email address noted on the form.