Addis Park

Grove Street, New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut


Directions:

Route 67 to Grove Street.

From Route 7 in New Milford heading north, turn right onto Still River Road; drive 1.6 miles (if you keep going straight you get onto Grove Street); turn left into the parking arrea. 


History:

It was falsely reported that a woman and a baby were killed in Addis Park in 2005.  The bodies were actually found at Lover's Leap, south of Addis Park.  


Passive picnic area on the Housatonic River with a boat launch ramp.

Opens one half hour before sunrise and closes one half hour after sunset (except access to boat launch).


Trails:

The 38-mile River Trail begins in Danbury off Newtown Road at the confluence of the Limekiln Brook and the Still River. Paddlers will be able to follow the Still River from Danbury north through Brookfield and into New Milford where the Still joins the Housatonic near Loverís Leap. From that point, paddlers can head south to Long Island Sound through Lake Lillinonah and Lake Zoar or north to Addis Park.   (Lynda Wellman, April 5, 2002, 'A Little Bit of Wilderness' River Trail to Extend North to Young's Field. Spectrum Online.  http://www.spectrum.newmilford.com/040502/wilderness.htm)

7/01/2005.  On a warm, overcast day, Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I stopped at this small park  It may be small, but the marshy area to the south of the parking area is a very interesting place for plants. 

We talked with an elderly man who is legally blind.  He was a chef and later the owner of the Iron Kettle restaurant in New Milford.  He has been retired since 1984.  He had a ball with his big boat in Florida, but he decided to come back to New Milford after he began loosing his sight.  He wanted to be closer to his family.  He was the one who set us straight about the murder occurring at Lover's Leap rather than in Addis Park.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney. 


Source:

Town of New Milford, Connecticut; New Milford Parks & Recreation; Town Parks

http://newmilford.qscend.com/content/57/89/101/128.aspx


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

*  =  plant blooming on date of field trips, 7/01/2005


Trees:
Acer negundo (box elder)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (green ash)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)
Ulmus pensylvanica (green ash)

Shrubs and Subshrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)     *
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)  
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Vines:
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)    
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Cuscuta sp. (dodder)
Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis spp. (grape)

Herbs:
Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury)
Acorus calamus (sweetflag)
Ajuga reptans (ajuga)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)  
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)     *
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)     *
Aster spp. (asters)
Bidens sp. (beggar-tick)
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed)
Coreopsis sp. (coreopsis)     ?
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)     *
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane)     *
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Galium mollugo (wild madder)     *
Galium palustre (marsh bedstraw)     *
Geum canadense (white avens)     *
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket)     *
Impatiens sp. (touch-me-not)
Iris pseudacorus versicolor (yellow flag)     *
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil)     *
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)     *
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)     *
Lysimachia vulgaris (garden loosestrife)     *
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)      *
Medicago lupulina (black medick)     *
Myosotis laxa (lesser forget-me-not)     *
Myosotis scorpioides (forget-me-not)     *
Nepeta cataria (catnip)     *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)     *
Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)     *
Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)     *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum sagittatum (arrow-leaved tearthumb)
Pontederia cordata (pickerelweed)     *
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Silene latifolia (white campion)     *
Solanum carolinense (horse nettle)     *
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)     *
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)        *
Trifolium pratense (red clover)     *
Trifolium repens (white clover)     *
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)     *
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)     *

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex sp.  (lupuliformis)  (hop sedge
Carex sp. (marsh habitat sedge)
Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Lolium perenne (perennial rye grass)  
Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Equisetum hyemale (scouring rush)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

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