From 1852 to about 1900, manufacturer and inventor Ebenezer B. Beecher constructed a grand estate called Blondstone overlooking his match and basket factory in Westville. Upon Mr. Beecher’s death in 1904, the mansion was converted into Mitchell Memorial Library, named after local author Donald Grant Mitchell. The grounds of the estate, aptly named Beecher Park, included speciman trees and some of the original “blond stones” imported from Mr. Beecher’s hometown of Morris, Connecticut. The park is host to the annual Beecher Park Summer Concert Series and HiFi Pie Fest, sponsored by WVRA on Monday nights in July and August.
Welcome to Edgewood Park, one of the treasures of the City of New Haven. The park offers countless ways to enjoy nature and the outdoors: from walking, jogging, bird-watching or cross-country skiing to tennis, relaxing by a pond or skateboarding at Coogan Pavilion, Edgewood has something for every age group and lifestyle.
Visit the New Haven Parks and Rec. website to learn more about what this great park has to offer.
Tucked below Whalley Avenue between Ramsdell and Emerson Streets, the West River Narrows, aka West River Open Space, is one of the quietest and most beautiful stretches of the West River.
Just behind Westville Village is this gem of a walkway 20' above the West River, offering spectacular views of West Rock and glimpses down to osprey, ducks, shad, and other fish that make the river their home. Enter the walkway on Whalley Avenue just west of Fitch Street or on Blake Street between Valley and Stone Streets. Limited access.
43 acres of upland woods and fields at the northern base of West Rock Ridge. Over 300 different plant species can be found here, many of which can be observed along interpretive trails on the property. While the Center is currently closed due to budget cuts, the trails, waterfall and other features of this park remain open to the public. Stay tuned for updated on new mountain biking trails being built in this park and a new mountain bike race series in 2015!
This small park at the corner of Ray Road and Conrad Drive offers a quiet sitting area in leafy Upper Westville.