A dog park in Hudson came a little closer to reality on Saturday morning when the twenty or so dog owners who turned out for a meeting agreed to stop the site search, which has been going on since June, and focus on something that was attainable in the short term. The site the group settled on is the three-lot parcel behind Hudson Electrical Supply, which extends from Cherry Alley to Union Street.
Hudson mayoral candidate Nick Haddad, who owns the property, appeared at the beginning of the meeting to offer this site as a temporary spot and to suggest two other possibilities--a vacant building lot in the 100 block of Union Street and the field below the former Charles Williams School. After some discussion of those sites, as well as the city-owned property behind St. Mary's Church, which Mayor Scalera offered, and a lot at the corner of Fourth and Columbia streets owned by Eric Galloway, the availability of which is unknown, the group decided to move forward with plans to adapt the Union Street site for use as a dog park. In addition to having a willing and supportive owner, the site has the advantage of being already fenced and accessible from Warren Street through Thurston Park.
Dan Jacoby, an architect who was one of the founders of the Hillside Dog Park in Brooklyn, volunteered to do a plan for the Union Street site, and Helen Arrott volunteered to a Photoshop mockup of what the park might look like. Meanwhile, other volunteers will work to establish guidelines to ensure the orderly use of the park. It was also decided that the woman who was the moving force in establishing a dog run in Roe Jan Park in Hillsdale would be invited to come and share her experience with the Hudson dog park organizers.
A next meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 15, at 10 a.m., at the Central Firehouse. A listserve has been established to communicate information and ideas about the dog park. Anyone interested in becoming part of the listserve should sent a request to email@example.com.
Photograph by Helen Arrott.