This popular 175-ha park features old-growth hemlocks and white pines, spruce/fir woodland on upper slopes, deciduous hardwood stands mid-slope, several walking and skiing trails, ball fields, a botanic garden, ponds, benches, picnic area, waterfalls, kids’ playground, an arboretum, and winter sliding hills. Medicine Walks are offered by Wabanaki Tree Spirit Tours.
Previously a farm owned by United Empire Loyalist Rev. Jonathan Odell, the park has been practically “loved to death”, requiring a Management Plan to balance the interests of the many user groups.
The various habitats offer a wide variety of songbirds: Scarlet Tanagers, Great Crested Flycatchers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Black-throated Blue Warblers being particularly sought by birders in the mid-slope beech/yellow birch/sugar maple woodland. A pair of Merlins can often be heard calling above the Rookwood Avenue parking lot.
More information on habitat and birds in this park can be found in an article written by Fredericton Nature Club President Graham Forbes.
Photo by David Lilly
By David Lilly