If you’re looking for a playground located right next to the Fox River, it will be hard to find a prettier setting than Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego. And that’s even though I visited on a blustery, gray November day!
Hudson Crossing comprises about 6 acres and is located in downtown Oswego, on the east side of the Fox River where Route 34 (Washington Street) crosses the water. And there is a historic explanation for its unique name.
According to the Oswegoland Park District, wagons and stagecoaches traveling the Fox River Trail (from Ottawa to Geneva) and the Joliet-Galena trail crossed the river at a ford at the present site of the park.
The village was first named Hudson (after Hudson, N.Y.) before residents changed it to Oswego in 1837. So the park was named in honor of the village’s original name and the crossing that led to its beginnings. Entrances to the park are marked with lovelyl limestone columns topped with arches depicting a wagon wheel passing through the Fox River.
OK. Now you know the history of the site, what can the park offer the modern-day visitor?