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HUDSON–Differences over the usefulness of Hudson’s Oakdale Lake for swimming emerged during the Hudson Common Council’s Youth and Aging Committee meeting, Wednesday, April 1.

The differences surfaced as Tyrone Hedgepeth, supervisor of Hudson’s Youth Program, updated the committee on preparations for this summer’s session of Oakdale Summer Camp. The camp takes place on the grounds of Oakdale Lake, a pond the city uses for its swimming and summer camp program.

As Mr. Hedgepeth paused in his report, Alderman Tiffany Garriga, (D-Second Ward), announced that a public pool in Athens would be free on Tuesdays and suggested that Oakdale Camp take its children there on Tuesdays for swimming. The children the program would take to Athens would be those who want to go and have parental permission. As Alderman Garriga explained, some people “have issues with Oakdale Lake.”

At that Alderman Bart Delaney (R-Fifth Ward) responded, “We get fed up with hearing that Oakdale Lake is dirty. It’s spring fed.”

“It’s cleaner than our drinking water,” added George Wood, former commissioner of youth.

The men said that the lake was recently “treated” for to control weeds and would be treated for them again.

Alderman Garriga then asked whether the Hudson High School pool would be open. She was told that the pool was not available in the summer.

The meeting ended with no decision related to the Oakdale Camp’s swimming program.

Oakdale Camp will run July 6 through August 14 (6 weeks), Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for children who have completed kindergarten up through age 14. The program is free for Hudson residents and $100 for others. When applications are ready, those interested will be able to pick them up at the Youth Center, 18 South 3rd Street.

Oakdale Lake has also been open to the public for swimming in summer.


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