Highlighted here are our current programs offered by the Friends of Hudson Parks in conjunction with our sponsors and partners.
Summer Education Programs
Our children’s summer education programs are back! Please click here to see the 2019 class descriptions and to register – registration is required for these FREE classes. Curriculum is geared to children ages 4-12 and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Our annual Playground Palooza event returns, starting June 1 and running thru August 31. This year’s event is is back, sponsored again by Acme Fresh Markets and our Best Friends sponsors Hudson Preschool Parents and Western Reserve Racing.
Click here for more information and to find a link to the special Passport which includes the list and locations of the playgrounds.
Pack the Pond 2019
Pack the Pond is back this year, running Monday, August 5 from 5pm to 8pm at Hudson Springs Park (rain date is Thursday, August 8, 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 8th annual Pack the Pond & Kayak Raffle; prizes are donated by our many outstanding and supportive Hudson merchants. Grand prize is is an Pelican Argo 100x EXO kayak and 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 Saturday (9am to 3pm). Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.
Click here to print out information about the event.
See you there!
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. Four classes and times are:
Saturday 7/13: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Kayak class Saturday 7/20: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Stand Up Paddleboard class
Saturday 7/27: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Kayak class
Saturday 8/3: 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 – https://fareharbor.com/crookedriveradventures/items/48927/
For Paddleboarding – https://fareharbor.com/crookedriveradventures/items/50952/
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 (2019 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 email@example.com. If you are not a current member but are interested in becoming one, please visit www.friendsofhudsonparks.org/contact-us for more information.
Geocaching Adventure 2019
Are you ready to explore the Hudson parks searching for some unique and challenging caches? The Friends of Hudson Parks Geocaching Adventure continues in 2019 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 2019 caches hidden in 6 of the Hudson Parks are the foll0wing:
- FOHP1-19 Oak Grove Park
- FOHP2-19 Barlow Farm Park
- FOHP3-19 Bicentennial Woods
- FOHP4-19 Hudson Springs Park
- FOHP5-19 Cascade Park
- FOHP6-19 Maple Grove Park
There is also a 7th bonus cache: FOHP Bonus – 2019. Find the code in each of the 6 caches to determine the coordinates for this bonus cache which is located in Trumbull Woods Park. All 7 caches will remain available at least through the end of 2019.
Record the code you find in each of the 6 caches on the 2019 Geocaching Adventure form (click here to download the 2019 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 2019 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, 2019 will have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from a local merchant.
All of the 2018 Geocaching Adventure series caches remain available, and you can still receive a 2018 PathTag (while supplies last) for completing that series (click here to download the 2018 form).
You will need to register and create an account at Geocaching.com – registration is free and quick to do. In addition to the 2018 and 2019 FOHP series of caches, all of the caches placed for the 2017 series and a few of the caches from the prior series remain available to be found.