Idea 1 is the renovation of the beach house and redesign of the entrance.
The proposed changes to the beach house include a concession bar and rearrangement of the Youth Department office and the bathrooms, to make the latter more accessible. The redesign of the entrance involves closing the entrance on North Sixth Street to vehicles, making it a pedestrian entrance and a drop-off spot for buses and parents bringing their kids to Oakdale. A new entrance from North Seventh Street would be created for vehicles.
Idea 2 is reorganizing all the asphalt covered areas into a multipurpose space for the skate park, basketball courts, and parking and creating a play lawn.
Idea 3 involves enlarging the existing picnic area.
Idea 4 is controlling the algae bloom in the lake.
Various means of achieving this were suggested, including floating islands that would break down the unwanted nutrients that encourage algae growth.
Idea 5 is a "forest classroom," which would include small installations and interpretive signage along an improved trail through the woods.
Idea 6 is a new playground, with a covered area to provide shelter from rain, bathrooms, and natural installations for play.
is the creation of a picnic grove on the north side of the lake.
One of the features of the proposed picnic grove is a "Date Nook," which brings to mind--to Gossips' mind at least--the legendary "love rock" on Promenade Hill that Stephen B. Miller, writing in 1862, told about in Historical Sketches of Hudson:
Near the Southern end of the hill, visitors cannot have failed to notice a small circular grove of trees, called "lovers' retreat." These were planted, it is said, to mark the location of a rock known in the early days of the city as "Love rock," and the spot, where "by moon-light alone," a large proportion of the marriage contracts of our Quaker ancestors were "made and entered into."Idea 8 is a redesign of the western end of the lake, along Glenwood Boulevard.
The plan involves a toddler water play area, a broadwalk, and vegetation to buffer the lake from the street.
There was another idea, in addition to the eight: returning ice skating to Oakdale.
|Ice skating on Oakdale Lake, 1968|photobygibson.com|
Matthew Frederick expressed an interest in seeing Underhill Pond included in the plans. He spoke of the potential for creating a chain of green spaces that would connect Oakdale Lake with the Hudson River.
There were sign-in sheets asking attendees to indicate their interest in one of the eight ideas presented. Tamar Adler, the driving force behind Friends of Oakdale Lake, explained that the proposal had been broken down into eight parts, "so that people can commit to things and start making it happen."
Another meeting, at which the final plans proposed for Oakdale will be presented, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 7, in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library.
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