Purpose of the Master Plan
The overall goal of this project is to identify and communicate ways to make the inventory of parks, facilities, and natural resources therein and related community connections best align with the desires, needs, and usage of Hudson residents.
The existing Hudson Parks Master Plan was drafted in 2000 and updated in 2005 and 2012. The community has grown substantially and the way residents recreate and utilize the parks has evolved since the plan was first drafted.
The Objectives for this Master Plan are to:
- Report on public awareness/interest in Hudson’s park offerings – do they use the parks, and which parks do they frequent most? If they don’t use the parks, why not?
- Report public perception of the parks – what they like, what they don’t like, which parks/amenities are in need of improvement, how do they compare with neighboring communities, and unmet wants: equipment, fields, recreation types, park, and multi-use path locations.
- Report whether Hudson’s parks provide a good balance of recreational activities for all ages and physical abilities.
- Identify recreation trends of similar suburban communities and relevance to Hudson: facilities, recreation types, lower environmental impact operations.
- Report what residents view as the highest priorities for Hudson Parks.
- Assess whether there is enough balance between conservation and recreational facilities in Hudson’s Parks.
- Rate the natural resource qualities of existing parkland and evaluate the potential recreational use of undeveloped parkland and to a lesser extent developed parks.
- Shape recommendations of the 2015 Comprehensive Plan to endorse, alter, or replace them.