The parks of Hudson Falls are a great place to hang out with friends, let your children play or just enjoy the environment, and now, they’re about to get even better! Great new additions to our parks are coming soon. The village of Hudson Falls has obtained a $36,000 grant from a Creating Healthy Places to Live and Work Grant via Glens Falls Hospital. Mayor John Barton has reported to the Post Star that he plans on using the money to make major improvements to all of the parks in Hudson Falls.
“Ark in the Park”, arguably one of the most popular children’s structures located in Derby Park will be removed as part of these renovations. While the infamous ark may be coming down, new playground equipment is coming such as a teeter-totter firetruck rider, frog rider and airplane rider. The work that will take place at Derby Park also includes making playground equipment that is accessible to children with both mental and physical handicaps. And this one is for the parents, more adult exercise equipment will also be built!
Grace Park is being regarded as an effective collaborative project between the Department of Public Works, Hudson River Music Hall and Boy Scouts, among other groups. Together, they have turned this park into a great venue for outdoor concerts. According to the Post Star, individuals such as Eagle Scout Seth Gillis who has successfully constructed and installed a sign and Steve Sullivan, with help from the DPW built a pedestrian bridge, have made a huge impact in bringing this venue to life! The village also donated stone that has since turned into a concrete stage.
The jewel of downtown Hudson Falls, Juckett Park, has already started to make an amazing transformation. Construction is still taking place, but soon there will be new sidewalks, benches and an information kiosk. In addition, more trash cans will be made available along with better lighting.
Mayor John Barton stated to the Post Star regarding the DPW director and department, “Mike Fiorillo has been an absolute key to the whole renovation down there. The village looks a lot better, and the credit goes to Mike.”
We are definitely looking forward to seeing all of the park transformations that are planned in Hudson Falls!