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Pollinator Meadow at Darrow Road Park

Darrow Road Park serves as one of the headwaters for the Tinkers Creek Watershed, and approximately 70% of the park is a designated wetland environment. Before the meadow was restored in 2020, it was filled with non-native invasive cool season grasses, Eurasian Bush Honeysuckle, Canada Thistle, Autumn Olive, flowering spiny Callery Pear, Common Teasel and…

Monarch Garden

The Friends of Hudson Parks have developed a native plant filled Monarch/Pollinator Garden at Hudson Springs Park. The garden provides an excellent opportunity for park visitors to observe our native Ohio bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, and flies and the beautiful native plants that sustain them. A second natural woodland pollinator planting has been added at Cascade Park…

Pollinator Meadow at Hudson Springs Park

Our latest project to reintroduce lost native flowers and grasses to support and restore native populations of bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects at Hudson Springs Park.

Pack the Pond

Pack the Pond – Monday, 8/7 Pack the Pond is back this year, Monday, August 7 from 5pm to 8pm at Hudson Springs Park. Join the hundreds of families that attend Pack the Pond! Activities include free kayak, canoe and paddleboard opportunities courtesy of Kent State University Department of Recreation and Wellness Services Adventure Center.  Because of…

Geocaching Adventure 2024

Are you up for a challenge?  To complete the 2024 Geocaching Adventure you will have to deal with locks, buttons, sudoku, wires, lights, magnets, strings and even some Geocaching Adventure history.  Are you Baffled Yet?  You may be as you explore the Hudson parks searching for some unique and challenging caches.  The Friends of Hudson…

Playground Palooza

The 2024 Playground Palooza begins on April 27! Click here for Passport. Running April 27 through August 31, our annual Playground Palooza event is back, sponsored again by Acme Fresh Markets plus our Best Friends sponsors Western Reserve Racing and the Hudson Garden Club. Playground Palooza is open to children ages 2 through 12 years. Click…

Hudson Story Walk

The Story Walk program is jointly sponsored by Hudson Community Education & Recreation (HCER) and Friends of Hudson Parks (FOHP) in cooperation with the Hudson Parks Department. The Hudson Story Walks are located at Veterans Way Park and Bicentennial Woods. They were originally installed in 2016 with the idea that families with young children could…

BioBlitz

This event will resume in 2025. In the Spring of 2023,  FOHP partnered with Melissa Davis of the  Kent State Herbarium and Hudson High school’s ninth grade honors biology class to begin the process of making an inventory of the flora and fauna of Hudson Springs Park.  We refer to this type of organized event…