Get Out and Enjoy the Fresh Air by Cheryl Freed
Spring has finally arrived and with it a case of Spring Fever. This is the best type of spring—slow to arrive so you can appreciate all the changes that seem to happen simultaneously. Some birds leave to head further North, while others return from the South, the flowers are blooming, and the bushes and trees are budding. The days are longer and the sun is calling to you, “Come outside and enjoy the day.” Like I said, I have Spring Fever. With the return of good weather, many people will be heading out to the Town parks and ball fields. We are fortunate to have several beautiful open spaces where we can play ball, go swimming, ride our bicycles, walk our dogs and ourselves, or have a picnic. Some of the facilities have trash receptacles, but some are carry-in, carry-out (this means if you bring it in, you need to take it out with you when you leave). It is important that everyone using the facilities takes this responsibility so that the areas are kept clean for everyone. So, that means no litter, no trash, no wads of chewing gum in the dugouts, no plastic bottles, no dog waste, and no cigarette
on duty during the weekends, checking residency to ensure the facility is used by Hudson residents and their guests. There are picnic tables, barbeque grills, and portable toilets in place during summer hours. Buoys will clearly mark the swimming area and will keep boats away from the swimmers. There will be no lifeguards on duty; swimming is at your own risk. Water tests will be accomplished and updated counts will be posted at the swimming area. There is a carry-in/carry- out policy, so please bring a trash bag with you to clean up behind yourself when leaving the area. Also, no dogs are allowed on the beach or in the swimming area. The Skate Park – Located on the corner of Central Street and Melendy Road The Skate Park officially opened on
Greeley Park – Located on Greeley Street near the intersection with Central Street and Route 111. This park offers a new, top-notch
playground, basketball courts, and baseball field, as well as picnic tables, trash cans, and a portable toilet. Playground: Renovated in 2002,
butts. Nothing should be left that would detract from the natural beauty and functionality of the areas. In this day and age of budget concerns, it only makes sense to keep our common areas beautiful. The price of gasoline is rapidly approaching $4/gallon and it is rumored that it will be close to $5/gallon before summer starts. Those price increases will impact the decisions most of us will make during the coming months. I suspect one of the decisions will be an increase in the number of people using the parks and fields in Town. So come and enjoy what your town has to offer.
Just remember to
take your trash when you leave so that you can recycle or compost it when you get home. The parks are overseen by the Recreation Department. Dave Yates is the Recreation Director. His office is located at the Hudson Recreation Center, 2 Oakwood Street, Hudson, NH 03051, 880-1600. The Board of Selectman Liaison is Ben Nadeau. In addition to the Hudson Recreation
Center, the Recreation Department maintains the facilities listed here for the use of Hudson residents. While most facilities are open to the public, you must obtain permission to use Jette Field, Sousa Field, and the Recreation Center. These facilities are open to the public during their posted hours.
the playground offers a top-notch play structure with two slides and 13 elevated play components. In addition to the play structure, there is a spring ring, swings with four seats, and a 16 x 16 sandbox. The play area is covered with 90 cubic feet of wood chips that meet the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility standards Basketball Courts: The park offers two basketball courts with bleachers and lighting until 10 p.m. spring through fall. Youth Baseball Field: The dimensions of the youth field are 180 feet to left field, 180 feet to center field, and 180 feet to right field. The field offers bleacher seating for spectators and lighting. Hudson Youth Baseball has field priority during spring and early summer. Merrifield Park – Located on Ferry Street at the intersection of Ferry Street and State Street This park offers residents a regulation- size sand volleyball court, playground equipment for the kids, picnic tables, and barbeque grills. Park benches and portable toilets are also on-site. There are some walking trails behind the park for those interested in a nature walk. This is a great park to spend the afternoon with the family. Merrill Park – Located at the end of Maple Avenue, off of Central Street This park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is also being viewed as a future clean-up project to restore it to its natural beauty. The park currently offers beautiful views of the Merrimack River and will be a great location for fishing or nature walks. Robinson Pond – Located on Robinson Road off of Rte. 111 This Pond is a great natural resource of our town. Gates will open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Memorial Day weekend and will close after the Labor Day weekend. There will be beach monitors
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August 6, 2002. The park is open daily, weather permitting, from April 1 until November 30. The park offers numerous steel ramps and grinding rail. There are benches available for spectator viewing and portable toilets are on-site. There is an emergency call box on-site. Skate Park rules are posted and enforced. Hours: School days 3 p.m. to dusk, non-school days 9 a.m. to dusk. Ordinance 259-28 requires helmets be worn at all times. The following facilities can only be used with prior authorization. Jette Field – Located on County Road Jette Field offers lighted softball fields for
evening games, along with bleachers for spectator viewing, portable toilets located at the entrance gates, and a great sandy hill for children to play on while attending games. The dimensions of the field are as follows: 267 feet to left field, 269 feet to center field, and 267 feet to right field. Sousa Field – Located on County Road behind Jette Field Sousa Field was completed and dedicated in July 2008. Primary parking is at Nottingham West Elementary School. Portable toilets are located at the main entrance gate. The dimensions of the field are as follows: 210 feet to left field, 200 feet to center field, and 210 feet to right field.
Benson Park – Located off of Kimball Hill Road
Note that motorized vehicles are permitted only in the entrance drive and designated parking areas.
Hours of Operation
April 1 through October 31: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., and November 1 through March 31, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rules and Regulations Allowed Stay on designated trails Carry out all trash Keep pets on a leash at all times Pick up all pet waste and properly remove from the park Bicycle riders, skaters, and skateboarders must yield to pedestrians and maintain reasonable speeds at all times Fishing is permitted in accordance with New Hampshire regulations
Organized groups of 15 or more must obtain a permit in advance from the Town of Hudson Not Allowed
No motorized boats No overnight parking or camping No alcoholic beverages No discharge of firearms No fireworks No horseback riding No swimming No hunting or trapping No solicitation
Do not litter or dispose of refuse in the
Do not feed wildlife Do not remove or damage structures,
stonewalls, wildlife, trees, or plants Park abuse or inappropriate behavior should be reported to the Hudson Police Department. Call 886-6011 or 911 if an emergency.
When using our parks, take only pictures. Leave only footprints.
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