Recently, while perusing Common Council minutes from 1964 for an entirely different purpose, I discovered the following in the minutes for August 27, 1964.
This excerpt provides evidence that more the fifty years ago, when urban renewal was demolishing everything surrounding it, the people of Hudson were concerned about the survival and well-being of Promenade Hill, Hudson's oldest public park, which had been established in 1795.
People continue to be concerned about Promenade Hill and the integrity of its historic design, now approached by way of a hard surface "mall" of 1970s design. The current cause for concern is the ramp that has been proposed to enable people with disabilities and mothers with strollers to access Promenade Hill. While no one is opposed to the end, many are worried about the means: a ramp, constructed of wood and dubbed by Gossips "the ramp of least resistance," for which the Common Council has allocated $20,000.
Last month, based on a tip from a reader who avowed the information came from a DPW employee, Gossips reported in an "Ear to the Ground," that the materials for the ramp had been ordered. This turns out not to be true. No materials have been acquired. Gossips has this on the authority of Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton and Rob Perry, the superintendent of Public Works. This does not mean, however, that there has been no movement toward providing access to Promenade Hill for those unable to climb stairs. There is a plan afoot to design and build a ramp that will not only give universal access to Promenade Hill but will also be an enhancement to the park entrance. Gossips will provide more information as this plan moves forward.
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