2015 Heritage Award Recipient
Hudson Crossing Park is a unique recreational and educational destination centered on Lock C5 Island on the Champlain Canal and Hudson River. Once the site of neglected land, Hudson Crossing Park triumphs as a testament to community involvement and municipal collaboration.
Visitors can stop to see Lock 5 on the Champlain Canal, and then enjoy picnic facilities, fishing and birdwatching, a children's play garden, and trails at Hudson Crossing. The park includes more than two miles of trails with panoramic Hudson River and Champlain Canal vistas. A floating dock and kayak launch serve boaters, while the Riverwalk Sensory Trail provides access for people with special needs.
Countless supporters, promoters, and volunteers invested their time, talent, and expertise to develop Hudson Crossing as a bi-county park for residents of Saratoga and Washington Counties, and a destination for visitors to the Champlain Corridor. This park uniquely reflects the creativity and spirit of openness of its board and volunteers, and an incredible enthusiasm for history, community, and place.
What makes it great?
Bridging Past – Present - Future
A strong part of the park’s success is its ability to draw diverse audiences and engage all ages. Canal enthusiasts and history buffs will find a site rich in history. People seeking recreation will find plenty to do. And families will enjoy the park’s play spaces and trails.
Engaging Young People
Hudson Crossing has been remarkable successful in engaging young people. The park hosts a local Green Ribbon School Program, reaching hundreds of students each year and engaging the next generation in caring for the place they live.
Impact and Inspiration
Hudson Crossing Park is at the center of many positive initiatives along the Champlain Canal. It has been a catalyst for regional collaboration, tourism, and economic development. Hudson Crossing serves as an outstanding model for community investment within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
Events and Programs
Hudson Crossing Park offers numerous events and educational programs, including the highly acclaimed Annual Cardboard Boat Race in August.
Restored Dix Bridge
Hudson Crossing restored and reopened this historic Dix Bridge, re-establishing a vital link across the Hudson River between Washington and Saratoga Counties.