Reopening Recreation in Hudson - Friday, May 29, 2020

Looking to learn more about Summer 2020 Recreation Programs, Events and which Park Commission/Recreation Department Facilities you can use during the State of Massachusetts Four-Phase Approach to Reopening in response to COVID-19? Please click below to learn more. New updates will be posted as they become available.


COVID-19 UPDATE from Hudson Recreation - Friday, May 22, 2020

With Governor Baker’s announcement this past Monday, regarding the Reopening Plan for Massachusetts, we realize a lot of you  may have questions about facilities and Summer Programs here in Hudson. The short answer is, at this time, we don’t have much information to share. The Recreation Department, along with other Town departments, is currently sorting through and processing the Reopening plan. The decision on when Town-owned facilities and programs will reopen will be made by the appropriate Town departments while prioritizing public health and safety.  For example, even though the Governor said certain facilities, including beaches CAN open on May 25th, the Governor’s announcement only gave Cities and Towns the “go –ahead” to proceed. It was not a mandate to do so. With this in mind, here is current update on Hudson Recreation facilities and programs:

·Centennial Beach is currently closed. No opening date has been set. (Traditionally, the Beach opens sometime the 2nd week in June).

·The Hudson Splash Pad is currently closed.  No opening date has been set. (Traditionally, the Splash Pad opens sometime the 2nd Saturday in June).

·We will be releasing recreation facility specific information in the coming days. The information forthcoming will address which facilities are closed vs open as well as aim to address the our expectations of users and the allowable uses for each facility.

·Summer Programs, such as: Concerts, Day Programs, Track, and Swim and Tennis Lessons, for Summer 2020 are still up in the air. No determination on their fates for Summer 2020 has been made as of yet.

Decisions about reopening and/or running facilities and programs will continue to be made on a case by case basis; and only after consulting with the Hudson Board of Health.  At this point we are 4 days into Phase 1 of reopening. We will continue to do our best to meets the needs of our community, while prioritizing public health and safety.  We ask for your cooperation and understanding as together we navigate these unprecedented times. Further updates will be posted on our web site at and our Facebook page,


COVID-19 UPDATE from Hudson Recreation - Thursday, April 9, 2020


Despite the nice weather finally being here,
You MUST do your part to keep these park areas clear!
...Keep out until further notice.

The following recreation facilities are CLOSED as we try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
-W.C. Dek Hockey Rink (added 4/9/2020)
-Hudson Skate Park
-Riverside Tennis Courts
-ALL Basketball Courts, including those at schools
-ALL Playgrounds, including those at schools

Thank you for your cooperation. Hudson Recreation

For the most up to date information on Hudson Recreation programs, events or announcements please continue to check back here or seek us out on Facebook and Instagram (@hudsonrecreation)

COVID-19 UPDATE from Hudson Recreation - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Hudson Recreation (UPDATED 03/25/2020):

In an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have decided to close  some additional recreation facilities, until further notice.  Below is a list of the facilities that are closed effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 (until further notice):

-Riverside Tennis Courts, Chapin Road 
-Basketball Court at Moulton Field, Marion Street  
-All Playgrounds (including those located at various Hudson Public Schools) - previously closed
-Skate Park, South Street - previously close

Although parks and trails remain open for "passive recreation" (such as walking or jogging), we are postponing use by organized groups. Users are advised to follow guidelines recommended by the Town of Hudson Board of Health (

·All other posted facility rules are still in effect. (i.e. No Bikes, Skates, Skateboards, etc. and no dogs on Morgan Bowl Track, No Motorized vehicles on the Assabet Valley Rail Trail, Dogs must be on leash at all times)

·While outside, it is imperative you practice social (PHYSICAL) distancing (remain at least 6 feet away from other people).

·Limit time in public areas and avoid congregating in groups.

·Wash hands, utilize hand sanitizer, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
·Stay home if you feel sick.

Here are a few local trails which provide ways to get outside while adhering to Social (PHYSICAL) Distancing:





G.P.S. Address – 10 Old North Road, Hudson 01749

Although the Recreation Office is closed to the public, as is the rest of Town Hall, the Recreation Department remains operational and the staff will be available to answer questions, pertaining directly to Hudson Recreation programs and/or services. The Recreation Staff is actively working on trying to develop programs and ideas to keep our community engaged during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the emails provided below.

Recreation Department Contacts -
Steven Santos, Director –
Daniel Hannon, Assistant Director –
Josh Aponte, Recreation Assistant –

COVID-19 UPDATE from Hudson Recreation - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Hudson Recreation, in conjunction with the Town of Hudson, will do its part and take precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. With regard to the use of Town fields and facilities that fall under the jurisdiction of the Division of Recreation - Park Commission, the Division of Recreation is following the statement set forth by the Town of Hudson; “Although Town fields and parks remain open, we are postponing use by organized groups”.

While Parks and the Assabet River Rail Trail will remain open for passive recreation opportunities, no organized group activities such as practices, evaluations, field set up, etc. will be allowed until further notice. With further regard to spring sports, we cannot provide a timeline, as to when spring permits will be issued and when spring activities will be allowed to commence. We will provide updates to local sports organizations, such as Hudson Youth Baseball/Softball, Hudson Youth Football, Hudson Youth Soccer, and Hudson DekHockey, and will rely on those groups to convey messages to their respective participants.

Although the Recreation Office is closed to the public, as is the rest of Town Hall, the Recreation Department remains operational and the staff will be available to answer questions, pertaining directly to Hudson Recreation programs and/or services. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the emails provided below.

Recreation Department Contacts -

Steven Santos, Director –
Daniel Hannon, Assistant Director –
Josh Aponte, Recreation Assistant –

Hudson Recreation will continue to monitor the situation and will abide by the guidelines set forth by local and state officials. We ask that everyone does the same. It is important to understand that the current environment is fluid and the details of this announcement may change at any time due to federal or state directives, medical progress or widening transmission. Hudson Recreation will provide updates specifically pertaining to Hudson Recreation as they become available.

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, visit the Town of Hudson’s Health Department website at: and follow their Facebook page at:

Thank you.

Hudson Recreation

Recreation Master Plan - Friday, February 21, 2020

Over the last several months, the Hudson Park Commission – Division of Recreation has been working with Weston & Sampson to develop a Recreation Master Plan. Below are links to additional information:

Kids Cooking Classes

Hudson Recreation is excited about bringing this program to Hudson. Kids’ Test Kitchen (KTK) is a 5-week program designed for kids in Grades K-4.
Kids’ Test Kitchen is on a mission to get young eaters cooking, tasting, and thinking about healthy ingredients! Each week participants will explore new or familiar foods. Then, working as a team, they’ll slice, dice, peel, measure, and cook until they’ve prepared the finished dish. At the end of class your aspiring chef will receive the main ingredient or a sample of the finished dish and the recipe, so that they can show off what they’ve learned!
Even the most reluctant eaters enjoy KTK, where participation is expected, but tasting is always optional. Each session arrives with fresh new recipes and ideas to inspire your healthy eater! KTK can work around food allergies, so kids with allergies don't miss out.
Dates: Fridays, February 28th thru March 27th
Times: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street
Cost: $115.00 for Hudson residents; $125.00 for non-residents
Note: Program dates, times, and locations are all subject to change at the discretion of Hudson Recreation.
Enrollment is limited to 12 participants
*Please clearly disclose all food allergies and/or dietary restrictions during registration.
For more information about Kids’ Test Kitchen, please visit

Summer 2020 Seasonal Employment

The Hudson Park Commission/Division of Recreation would like to announce that applications are now being accepted for seasonal employment during the Summer of 2020. Positions available include (but are not limited to): Summer Program Supervisors, Leaders and Aides; Waterfront Supervisors, Lifeguards, and Swim Instructors (WSI certificate preferred); Track/Field, Tennis and other various Clinic Instructors; and other part-time seasonal positions as needed.

You can obtain an application by CLICKING HERE or by stopping by the Hudson Recreation Office, located in Town Hall. All applicants should be 16 years of age or older. Applications must be submitted to the Recreation Office. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 20, 2020.

For further information call 978-568-9642, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
The Town of Hudson is an EOE/AA/ADA.

Recreation Master Plan - Project Update

Did you know Hudson Recreation is currently working on developing a recreation specific master plan. The Recreation Master Plan will serve as the mechanism to implement improvements/redevelopment of existing facilities and the development of new recreation facilities for the Town of Hudson.  This will be accomplished through the master planning services as detailed in Town of Hudson - Division of Recreation - Master Plan, Scope of Work, while also taking into account the information collected in 2018 Community Survey and Community Innovation and Visioning Session.

As part of this process we will hold two (2) Public Input Sessions to gather further input from community members on December 17, 2019 at 2:00pm and 6:00pm, at the Hudson Police/DPW Building - Community Room, 911 Municipal Drive. Please consider joining us to learn more and participate in this process. 

Youth Baseball and Softball Clinics

Hudson High School, as well as Hudson Youth Baseball and Softball (HYBS), coaches will work with participants to review the fundamentals of the game, improve on skills, and help participants prepare for the upcoming spring season. 
DATES:  SATURDAYS – February 29th, March 14th, 21st, and 28th  
WHERE: Hudson High School Gymnasium
FEE: $40.00 per child (fee covers all 4 dates)
Softball Instructional Division (ages 6-8)      1:00pm - 2:15pm  
         -Those in K must have already played T-ball for 1 year
Softball Minors Division (ages 9-10)             2:30pm – 3:45pm
Softball Majors Division (ages 11-12)           2:30pm – 3:45pm
*Softball placement is determined by child’s age as of January 1st, 2020
Baseball Rookie Division (ages 6 to 8)           4:00pm – 5:15pm
Baseball Minor Division (ages 8 to 10)           5:30pm – 6:45pm
Baseball Major 60’s Division (ages 10 to 11)  5:30pm – 6:45pm
Baseball Major 70’s Division (ages 11 to 12)  5:30pm – 6:45pm
*Baseball placement is determined by child’s age as of April 30th, 2020
All participants must bring their own glove. Batting helmets and bats will be made available, but participants are welcome to bring their own.
Program dates, times and locations are subject to change.
CLICK HERE to Register

Centennial Beach Renovation Project Web Page

To ensure you have the most up-to-date project info, we have created a dedicated page on our website specific to the Centennial Beach Renovation Project. This page will serve as the main hub for project updates and information. Click on the link below to be taken directly to the page.
Centennial Beach Renovation Project Web Page 

Recreational Basketball Programs - NOW UNDERWAY!!!

Morgan Bowl Track Project - Now Complete!

The Morgan Bowl Track & Stone Wall project has been completed. The track is open for public use (weather dependent). Please make sure to abide by all track rules when using the facility.

Pickleball Court at Riverside Park

Hudson Recreation has 4 Pickle Ball nets at the Riverside Tennis Courts to be used for public play (seasonally).  Use of the courts (both Tennis and Pickle Ball) is made available to individuals or organizations who reside in Hudson.  When not in use, pickle ball nets are to be placed off the courts along the inside of the fence, closest to the parking lot so that they are always accessible throughout the season.  The pickle ball courts can be used for open play with the exception of the days/times that the HHS Tennis Programs are utilizing the courts or when reserved for use by our local Pickleball group: Hudson, MA Pickleball. 

2019 George Chiasson Memorial Fishing Derby

This year's George Chiasson Memorial Trout Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 6:30am to 10:00am at Tripps' Pond (River Street, Hudson)

Age Groups:

Sun Fish: 6 and under
Blue Gill: 7 to 11
Cat Fish: 12 to 16

The fee to register is $5.00 per child (cash or check)

Prizes to be awarded for first fish caught (one winner) andmost fish caught (per age group), plus other categories. 
Pre-registration is strongly recommended. CLICK HERE for a registration form.

Summer 2019 Program Info

CLICK HERE to see our Summer 2019 Program Flyer 

RECkids and Track Programs: Begins Monday, May 13th
Swimming Lessons and Tennis: Begins Wednesday, May 22nd 

CLICK HERE to register for Programs 
Centennial Beach Season Parking Passes are now on sale at the Recreation Office; Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm. $20 for residents. $40 for non-residents. Cash or check only. Proof of residency required. 

Community Innovation Session

Thank you to everyone who attended our Innovation Session on June 13th. We appreciated everyone taking time out of their busy schedule to join us. As part of the presentation, we provided everyone with a handout that highlighted the results of our Innovation Survey. A copy of the Survey Highlights handout and the Power Point presentation from the Session are available thru the links below. 

Hudson Recreation is on Facebook

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Mission Statement

   The Park Commission/Division of Recreation goal is to provide the residents of Hudson with a comprehensive leisure time program for those of all ages, while continually expanding and enhancing recreation facilities and opportunities keeping abreast of ever changing trends.  Also to preserve open space and the natural features of Hudson that defines its character, identity and link to the past.