Oakdale Lake is an artificial lake created in 1915 as an enhancement to the "beautiful suburb" then being established by the Oakdale Park Improvement Company. Gossips has reported about the original plans for the lake and how those plans have worked out in the present. On Tuesday night, Tamar Adler came to the Conservation Advisory Council meeting to share her hopes for the future of Oakdale Lake.
The possible improvements to Oakdale Lake identified by Adler involve design (new docks and platforms), landscaping (eliminating the buckthorn and other invasive species and rethinking parts of the trail), water ecology (finding ways to help the lake clean itself), and updating the benches and tables, the beach house, and the playground.
During the recent Fishing Derby, Adler identified people interested in improving Oakdale Lake and possibly forming a Friends of Oakdale Lake group. Adler approached the CAC looking for "an organization or committee" that could be "an umbrella under which the Friends of Oakdale Lake can organize, strategize, plan, and seek funds." Adler explained that the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Department at Columbia University has a Hudson Valley Initiative, and there is interest in sending current students or recent graduates to Hudson to research, do feasibility studies, and conduct community workshops about Oakdale Lake to build community consensus, make design recommendations, and help to identify funding sources. CAC chair, Jonathan Lerner suggested that the nascent Hudson Parks Conservancy might be the organization that could be an umbrella for the Friends of Oakdale Lake and assist in moving the effort forward.
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