Byram Park
Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut

tucked away between 1-95, Ritch Avenue, and Long Island Sound in the western end of town.

 

10/17/2005.  Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I stopped at the gate at the park to ask the entrance cost.  The fellow told me it was $20.00.  I was not about to spend $20.00 for a short botanical visit.  (Don't you think $20.00 is a little much?  But I guess that's the idea.)  So I asked him when is the off-season and he said November 13.  So if I ever return, I will do it after November 13.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


History:

1840s the Ritch family opened a quarry here. The rock was a type of granite sometimes called "Byram Blue Point". (The granite walls surrounding the softball diamond were once part of the quarry.

1918 the Town acquired the 20-acre parcel. Sand from Long Island was sailed across to coinciVic with high tide.

1975 the Town purchased the Rosenwald property, an additional ten acres which doubled the size of the beach. From here there is a panoramic view of Long Island Sound.


Facilities:

lighted tennis courts, lighted ball field, clambake area with a pavilion for family reunions and corporate outings, areas for barbecues and picnics, playground, public pool, bath houses, boat launching ramp, home to the Byram Shore Boat Club, boat slips.


Wildlife:

Mute Swans, Canada Geese and Mallards, migrant warblers and thrushes


Source:

Town of Greenwich.  Department of Parks and Recreation: Byram Shore and Rosenwald Park.

http://www.greenwichct.org/ParksAndRec/prFAByramShorePark.pdf.


Trails:

12/02/2005.  There is no accessible wild area at this park.  It is primarily for active recreation.  There is a small garden here with a great backdrop of large rock cliffs.  However, one cannot access the cliffs.  There is a sign saying "Warning. Falling Rocks. Keep Off."

The beach is rather small with little or no beach vegetation. The park is pretty (especially with cliffs as a background) but it is very packed with all the recreation facilities.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney. 


PLANT LIST:

pines, maples, oaks and black walnuts

 

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