Volunteers needed to remove vegetation along Hudson’s Riverwalk

Photo by/Dakota Antelman
Hudson’s new riverwalk path snakes beside the Assabet River.

By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer

HUDSON — The Hudson Conservation Commission is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive vegetation from along the South Street Riverwalk in Hudson. 

Volunteers will meet at Cellucci Skate Park on Houghton Street on Saturday, June 26 at 9 a.m. 

Recently, the Conservation Commission has worked to remove Japanese Knotweed, which is an invasive plant, from along the banks of the Assabet River, which the riverwalk runs along.

The knotweed formed a wall along the banks that blocked both views of and access to the river. 

While the commission has already removed the knotweed, new shoots need to be pulled to make sure it doesn’t come back.

The town has been making improvements to the riverwalk, including opening up views of the Assabet. 

That’s thanks to a $286,000 grant Hudson received from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation through its Shared Winter Streets and Spaces Program.

Additionally, the town has been working to construct two accessible paths and add a new set of steps that lead down to the river. 

The new paths are all but complete and are located on the end of a short bridge over Tannery Brook. One of the paths connects to the nearby gazebo and Houghton Street parking lot, while the other will run along a fence that borders the brook.

Volunteers on June 26 should bring gloves, bug spray, sunscreen and water. 

To RSVP or to ask any questions, reach out to Pam Helinek, Hudson’s Acting Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development and Conservation Agent, at [email protected].