Current Programs

Highlighted here are our current programs offered by the Friends of Hudson Parks in conjunction with our sponsors and partners.

Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Class Registration Now Open

Entry level paddleboard and kayak classes will be offered Saturdays in July and early August from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at Hudson Springs Park. Experienced boarders and kayakers will also benefit. Be ready for Pack the Pond! Safety training, instruction and equipment will be provided by Crooked River Adventures, Kent State. Three classes and times remain:

Saturday 7/21: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Stand Up Paddleboard class
Saturday 7/28: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Kayak class
Saturday 8/4: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Stand Up Paddleboard class

Participants must be age 14 or older.
Cost is $40/person (plus taxes and fees). FOHP members receive a 25% discount.
For Individual members, discount applies just to the member.
For Family or Benefactor level members, the 25% discount applies to members and their immediate family, who are 14 and older.

To register for a class:

For Kayaking –
For Paddleboarding –

 Select “Book Now”
 Select the class date from the calendar
 Select the # of people participating from the drop-down menu
 The add promo or discount code will now be visible. Enter the promo code (2018 FOHP members were sent the code by email)

The FOHP 25% discount of $10 per person will be removed from your subtotal.

Hope to see you on the water this summer!

If you are a member but did not receive the promo code, please contact Becky Mooney at If you are not a current member but are interested in becoming one, please visit for more information.

Pack the Pond 2018

Pack the Pond is back this year, running Monday, August 6 from 5pm to 8pm at Hudson Springs Park (rain date is Thursday, August 9, same times).

Join the hundreds of families that attend Pack the Pond! Activities include free kayak, canoe and paddleboard opportunities courtesy of Crooked River Adventures – because of strong demand, we do ask that people interested in these free activities please pre-register with Crooked River here. We’ll also have Hudson Fire Department demonstrations and free hot dogs.

We are also featuring the 7th annual Pack the Pond & Kayak Raffle; prizes are donated by our many outstanding and supportive Hudson merchants. Grand prize is is an Emotion Revel 10 kayak and whisper paddle, valued at $400. The grand prize drawing will be at 7:45pm, at the boat launch ramp next to May Pavilion at Hudson Springs Park. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at Destination Hudson Visitor Center, 27 East Main Street, open Monday thru Friday (9am to 3pm) and Saturday (11am to 3pm). Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

Click here to print out information about the event.

See you there!

Playground Palooza 2018

Playground Palooza has returned! Click here for information about the event which runs June 1 through August 15 this year.

Playground Palooza is sponsored again this year by Acme Fresh Markets and by our Best Friend sponsor Hudson Preschool Parents. We are most grateful for their commitment and unwavering support!

Children’s Summer Education Programs

Our children’s summer education programs are back, for children ages 4 to 12. Click here for a complete list of classes, and click here to register. Note registration is required for these free classes, and registration opens up for each class two weeks before the class date. Class size is limited to 20, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger children may need help with some of the activities, and classes last approximately one hour.

Geocaching Adventure 2018

Are you ready to explore the Hudson parks searching for some unique and challenging caches? The Friends of Hudson Parks Geocaching Adventure continues in 2018 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. The 2018 caches hidden in 6 of the Hudson Parks are the following:

 FOHP1-18 Bicentennial Woods

 FOHP2-18 Darrow Road Park
 FOHP3-18 Cascade Park
 FOHP4-18 Trumbull Woods
 FOHP5-18 Maple Grove Park
 FOHP6-18 Hudson Springs Park

There is also a 7th bonus cache: FOHP Bonus – 2018. Find the code in each of the 6 caches to determine the coordinates for this bonus cache which is located in Hudson Springs Park. All 7 caches will remain available at least through the end of 2018.

Record the code you find in each of the 6 caches on the 2018 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 mailbox 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 2018 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, 2018 will have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from a local merchant.

For a list of the active Friends of Hudson Parks geocaches click here, at

You will need to register and create an account at – registration is free and quick to do. In addition to the 2018 FOHP series of caches, all of the caches placed for the 2016 and 2017 series and a few of the caches from the 2014 and 2015 series remain available to be found.