Back in September 2010, Gossips did a post about a mysterious baseball diamond-shaped expanse of concrete at the edge of the cemetery near Prospect Avenue and Columbia Turnpike.
This, DPW Superintendent Rob Perry informed us, was a wading pool, a remnant of the old Academy Hill playground, one of several neighborhood playgrounds maintained by the City of Hudson in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Perry mentioned also a shed that provided storage space for playground equipment and toilets for girls and boys. The shed, Perry said, had originally been an early firehouse. The building today offers clues of its previous uses.
Sadly, this little building, which, if it was a firehouse, must date back to a time when fire engines were pulled through the streets by men or horses and were basically hand pumps that sprayed water at the flames, is falling into disrepair. The south wall is particularly compromised, with stones breaking away at the back corner.
The building belongs to the City of Hudson and is situated on land that is still considered a city park. There's a rusting sign on an adjacent fence that announces the park closes at 9 p.m. Wouldn't it be nice if the deterioration could be halted, and this simple little building, which reflects past eras of life in Hudson, could be prevented from succumbing to demolition by neglect?