Free Picnic this afternoon at Oakdale Lake in Hudson

First Annual Oakdale Picnic Launched by Friends!

On August 9, Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake will throw the first annual Oakdale Lake Picnic. This free summer party, to be held from 4-6 pm at Oakdale Lake, is open to all of Hudson and will usher in a new era of community use and involvement at Oakdale. The Oakdale Lake Picnic will feature free hot dogs with pickles made by Oakdale campers and Hawthorne Valley sauerkraut; Stewart’s ice cream; and a DJ.

The Oakdale Picnic will offer the first ever viewing of a new exhibit, co-created by the Hudson Area Library, Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake. The exhibit, titled “Oakdale Past & Future,” includes black and white photographs of Oakdale Lake in its heyday, maps and quotes from early Oakdale Lake plans, beginning in 1911, an original color 1995 plan that includes design elements never implemented, and a concise history of Hudson’s relationship with its own lake. An expanded exhibit will be remounted by the Hudson Area Library in January 2019.

Representatives from Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake, as well as from the Hudson Valley Initiative, a program of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning, will be on hand to talk about plans for improvement of Oakdale Lake and organizational goals and results. For more information email or call 518.828.1792 x101.

The Oakdale Picnic is made possible by the generous support of the City of Hudson, Metzwood Insurance, the Friends of Hudson Youth, and the Friends of Oakdale Lake.

Friends of Hudson Youth supports the Hudson Department of Youth and Oakdale Camp with dynamic programming. For more information visit

Friends of Oakdale Lake advocates for the revitalization and improvement of Oakdale Lake and Park. For more information visit

The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow. For more information visit

PHOTO CREDIT: Historic Oakdale photo from Howard Gibson,

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