Monday, December 18, 2023

Plans for Charles Williams Park

At the informal Common Council meeting last week, Gail Wittwer-Laird of Starr Whitehouse, the same landscape architects who designed the new entrance to Promenade, are working with FOPS (Friends of the Public Square) on refurbishing Seventh Street Park, and helped Historic Hudson with its proposal for Bronson Park, presented the new plans for Charles Williams Park. 

The new design includes the following features:
  1. Splash pad
  2. Outdoor fitness
  3. Basketball court and pickle ball court
  4. Play area (with new equipment for ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12)
  5. Existing pavilion
  6. Nature play
  7. Public restrooms
  8. Rain garden
  9. Parking area
  10. Walking loop
The entire presentation can be found here. A 3D rendering of a walk through the proposed new park can be found here.

Unfortunately, not all the improvements proposed for the park can be realized with the current budget for the park, which is $280,000. According to Wittwer-Laird, what can be achieved with the money currently available are the following elements of the overall plan:
  • Site prep
  • Earthwork and drainage improvements. utility connections for future restroom and splash pad
  • Walking loop (paved)
  • New basketball court (color seal coat and 12-foot fence)
  • Expanded nature play
  • Parking area with ADA stalls and wooden barrier
  • Landscape plantings (canopy trees and rain garden) 
More information about possibilities and options can be found on page 36 of the presentation.


  1. My life plan is to become one of the unfortunate individuals who hangs out in the park. But only after it is refurbished to my standards.

  2. This will be a great new park for the few kids who live on that street, and possibly a few others from elsewhere. Find the money for all the "improvements" -- take it out of the Code Enforcement's or the Parking Bureau's budget!