Oakdale: Past & Future Opening Reception


Oakdale Lake, June 1963, Howard Gibson

Program Description: Join us for the opening reception of the expanded exhibit, titled “Oakdale Past & Future,” originally shown in the Beach House during the First Annual Oakdale Picnic this past summer. Includes historic photographs, maps, plans memorabilia and text on the history of Oakdale Lake, as well as Columbia University’s Hudson Valley Initiative final design concept after a season of community input on improving ecological conditions and recreational opportunities at Oakdale. This exhibition is a collaboration of Friends of Oakdale Lake, Friends of Hudson Youth, the Hudson Valley Initiative and the library.

Time/Date: Thursday, February 7, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: All Ages

This much expanded exhibit features: historic black and white photographs of Oakdale in its heyday–including Rowles photos restored by Stair–; maps from early Oakdale Lake plans; a concise history of Hudson’s relationships with its lake; environmental projects by Oakdale campers; and, thrillingly, the Hudson Valley Initiative’s final design concept, founded in community input on improving ecological conditions and recreational opportunities at Oakdale.

Friends of Hudson Youth supports the Hudson Department of Youth and Oakdale Camp with dynamic programming. For more information visit https://hudsonyouth.org

Friends of Oakdale Lake advocates for the revitalization and improvement of Oakdale Lake and Park. For more information visit https://www.friendsofoakdalelake.com

City of Hudson Department of Youth  is a safe place for youth with recreational facilities, quality after school programs and a summer day camp for kids ages 5 to 16.

The Hudson Valley Initiative (HVI) facilitates applied research into the complex spatial, ecological, and economic opportunities of this vast region. Extending several hundred miles north from Manhattan Island, touching five states, the region includes nine counties, 13 cities and over 200 villages and towns, and its watershed covers over 13,000 square miles. The status and future of this area deeply affects the lives of millions, from New York City to a broad swath of the American northeast. By serving as the GSAPP clearinghouse for urban design, architecture, landscape, preservation, and planning work, the HVI enables substantive contributions to the long term health and viability of the region.