Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will share its plans for two new metro parks in Hudson at a special event Monday.
Park representatives will be available at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library St., from 5 to 7 p.m. to discuss proposals and collect public input on the future of Wood Hollow and Maple Grove.
The open house is primarily spotlighting Wood Hollow, a 177-acre site near Barlow and Stow roads.
Lisa King, Metro Parks landscape architect, said a 2-mile trail that will loop through forest and fields already is under construction.
“What’s neat about it is the part we’re building through the woods. Some of it is boardwalk,” she said.
The master plan calls for a parking lot, picnic shelter, restroom and an area worthy of Frisbee throwing and football tossing. There also have been discussions about expanding an existing pond on the site and adding an overlook.
“What I’d like to hear [from residents] is what they feel they would like to have in this area that other surrounding parks might not offer,” said King, who will be manning the Wood Hollow booth at the library. “We want to know what we might be able to provide that fits within our mission.”
Most likely, the work that remains at Wood Hollow will be bid out this winter, with construction started in the spring toward the goal of opening the park in fall 2014, King said.
The second metro park planned for Hudson — Maple Grove — is still on the drawing board, but park planner Mark Szeremet will be on hand Monday to get residents excited about that property.
Maple Grove will be comprised of about 300 of the nearly 500 acres that made up the former Youth Development Center on Hines Hill Road. The city purchased that property in 2009 to keep the pristine, woodsy land undeveloped.
Metro Parks contributed $500,000 toward purchasing the property and last November signed an agreement to manage the park.
The money came from a state grant that limits what can be done on the property, Szeremet said.
There can be no year-round facilities, baseball parks or garages, for instance.
Current plans are to put in a restroom, parking lot and perhaps a pavilion with a small field, if interest warrants them.
The bigger attraction, Szeremet said, will be a 2-mile trail that weaves through mature forest and connects to a city park, which is also called Maple Grove.
“It goes through wetlands, so there will be a boardwalk that gets you close to different species and plants,” he said.
Engineers will work on plans next year, with construction of the boardwalk and parking lot likely in 2015. The park could open as early as fall 2015.
City representatives also will be available Monday to share information about Hudson’s park system.