Moran-Derby Park Master Plan

Napkin Sketch to New Park

Derby Park is iconic to the region, a site where generations of children and families gather for recreational and social activities. With a decline in attendance, the Village of Hudson Falls desired to reprogram the recreational facilities, anchoring the park with a new soccer field, softball field, pickleball courts, basketball court, and a quarter-mile perimeter walking path with two flexible event spaces. The goal was to re-energize the public space and transform the aged infrastructure into an inviting, cherished public space for 21st century recreation.

What started as a napkin sketch during an informal meeting between LaBella and the Village of Hudson Falls on-site in 2018, morphed into an enthusiastic Park Committee. LaBella was then hired to conduct a site and facilities analysis, meet with various stakeholders, create a site and programming analysis, and prepare concept sketch alternatives in an effort to finalize a preferred design and cost estimate.

The preferred design stirred up enough excitement to lead to a generous donation of $500,000 from two local business owners, the Moran Brothers. LaBella then submitted a successful Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for $600,000 on behalf of the Village, creating a viable project.

Upon award, the Village of Hudson Falls unveiled plans for a major transformation and revitalization of Derby Park in 2019 and chose LaBella to see the project through design development, detailing, and construction. In summer 2022, the Village hosted a ribbon cutting for the newly named Moran-Derby Park, a $1.8-million community athletic complex and festival space that has re-energized this small community.


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Groundbreaking | September 2021
An Award-Winning Project

Moran-Derby Park Master Plan Wins APWA NY Chapter Regional Project of the Year Award

In February 2024, LaBella and the Village of Hudson Falls were honored to accept a 2023 Project of the Year Award in the Structures (<$5 Million) category from the New York Capital Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the Town of Hudson Falls Moran-Derby Park Master Plan.

The APWA’s Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management, administration, and implementation of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who work together to complete public works projects.