Hudson Gardens & Event Center Executive Director retires

South Suburban will manage the 30-acre gardens

Hudson Gardens & Event Center Executive Director Rich Meredith retired at the end of 2022. Meredith spent the last 22 years at the helm of the organization, elevating Hudson Gardens to one of the premiere garden and event destinations in the Denver metro area. 

South Suburban Park and Recreation District (SSPRD), owner of Hudson Gardens, will assume management of the 30 acres of family-friendly garden exhibits, trails, open spaces and event venues. Meredith will remain in a consultant role for South Suburban.

With a strong background in education and tourism, Meredith guided the growth and development for major projects at Hudson Gardens. Improvements included revitalizing the Welcome Garden, restoring the Inn, adding 20 permanent local art sculptures and securing grants with Arapahoe County Open Spaces and the City of Littleton for a river integration project. The renovated Bloom Room also opened in 2022, creating a modern indoor/outdoor space for a variety of events.

“It’s been an honor to serve as the executive director at Hudson Gardens for more than 22 years,” said Meredith. “Creating a vision that enhanced the community’s access to nature, open spaces and healthy living has always felt like a passion, not just a job. I’m thankful to everyone who contributed to the growth of Hudson Gardens and look forward to celebrating its future success.”

Meredith’s vision and financial acumen ensured free admission to the gardens, increasing attendance and visibility from 10,000 to nearly 50,000 visitors per year. His inspiration to attract community members of all ages led to the creation of educational classes, unique holiday-themed events, as well as a background for local and national concerts like Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Styx.