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As of 22 March 2017 at the former BWAF:
Underground utilities construction to begin SOON.
Next time you visit the park you may notice an area near the Elephant Barn and the old Office staged with construction materials.
Construction of underground utilities will be taking place soon for the betterment of the park and enjoyment of its guest as approved by voters.
First will be trenching for the sewer with other utilities to come after. Some work will be performed by the respective utility companies other work such as sewer will be performed by the Town of Hudson New Hampshire Highway Department.
Work will be ongoing with utility work ultimately extending down to the " Gorilla House " / Playground area.
When The Friends of Benson Park, Inc. Benson Park store opens for the season they aim to remain open during construction as long as safety permits and outside times of electrical service disruptions that will be out of their control.
The BWAF Facebook page will be updating during the construction process for alerts
( www.facebook.com/bensons.waf )
Thank you for your understanding and patience during these parkwide improvements.
I am trying to locate a park that was in New Hampshire in the 70's and 80's!
January 22, 2017 19:26:34 (EDT)
My son called the place Dancing skeletons! Does anyone know what this could have been?? I remember a building with the phantom of the opera playing an organ! Thanks for any help!
I have a drum from Bensons with the Indian profile on one side and Bensons animal farm on the other. Contact me
November 22, 2016 19:02:21 (EDT)
We need your support if you have not voted already and if you have don't forget you can vote daily until Thursday at midnight.
The contest for $1,000 is nearly over and The Friends of Benson Park, Inc. have over 269 votes thanks to all your help, they still need more to stay ahead before voting closes tomorrow. Unlike the other two non-profits the FoBP get no local, state or federal funds or major support.
Don't forget the sooner the building work is completed the sooner all the proceeds from the store and museum will go directly back to the Town of Hudson New Hampshire for park maint and improvements.
As a teen i started working there, my first job there was a ride operator....I had a lot of good memories there, was there for a couple of seasons, one of my favorite animals then was a black panther named Ralph who as a cub was the runt of the litter and was rejected by his mother......he grew there and was as gentle as could be....those days are well missed.......there was an employee by the name of Pam Knight who was my trainer when i first started there, we became very close friends then....If anyone knows her or of her please message me its been many years .....she would know me by the name Ed McMahon ( Eddie )
All request for groups/bus groups looking to visit Benson Park must now be submitted to the
Hudson NH Highway Department. http://www.hudsonnh.gov/departments/highway
Or call 886-6018 for more information regarding group usage request.
I am so glad that a place of my childhood is back although I no longer live in Hudson and haven't for 30 years I will never forget the great times I had at Benson's as a child
I miss this place so much. I use to bring my kids there every spring this was a common practice for us. Being a single parnet I was limited money packing a lunch and spending the day there was a big treat. We have little here in New Hampshire for our little kids. to bad we couldn't bring it back. I have walked through there recently and had great memories now my kids have grown and gone on. I just wish it could of been there for my grandkids what a shame
August 8, 2016 21:53:55 (EDT)
Thank you, the trails Maint. group is out working on the trails regularly and I believe I heard them saying they cleared that down tree. If not drop me a message and I will notify them directly.
Thank you for your kinds words of the new park.
Love the park. warning though: There is a tree on the blue trail parallel to the dog park that the top has been snapped and is hanging over the walkway. It's an accident waiting to happen.
August 5, 2016 16:47:57 (EDT)
The park is can be used for birthday parties/functions. You need to go through the Recreation Dept. at 880-1600 to book anything.
July 25, 2016 11:24:02 (EDT)
Is the park open for birthday parties or functions?
July 23, 2016 17:26:10 (EDT)
Is animal trainer frank margaroysi still living and does he still train wild animals?
Was Navy Rear Admiral Roy Stanley Benson (born in Concord, NH) a relative of John T. Benson of Benson's Wild Animal Farm (Hudson, NH)?
The next cleanup is Saturday, April 9, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
April 7, 2016 11:08:33 (EDT)
When are upcoming clean up days at the park?
April 5, 2016 15:58:48 (EDT)
Contact the Hudson Recreation Dept. at 880-1600 regarding reserving space for a bbq.
March 7, 2016 14:24:28 (EDT)
I remember the park and the animals back in the 80s. We just visited the park today and what a joy that was. We are wondering if the park would allow us to rent some space for a family BBQ in July. It would be such a beautiful place that is centrally located to everyone and the kids could play in the park. Who can I contact to inquire?
March 5, 2016 18:51:37 (EDT)
To inquire about purchasing a bench for the park contact the Friends of Benson Park at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 4, 2016 11:25:34 (EDT)
The old red roller coaster is still in operation at Santa s village
March 2, 2016 22:28:26 (EDT)
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