Candlewood Park 
Hayestown Road, Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut
 

No dogs or other pets.


Directions:

Heading west on US 84 in Danbury; get off at exit 8; turn right; turn right onto Hayestown Road; drive 0.3 of a mile and turn left onto East Hayestown Road; drive about 0.6 of a mile and turn right onto Hayestown Road.  The park is on the left.  Turn right into the parking lot for the Policemen's Athletic League. 

The park does not open until 9 a.m. and only between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.  There is a fee for residents and non-residents.   


History:

1929 Connecticut's largest lake, Candlewood Lake , was artificially created where Wood Creek and the Rocky River meet near the Housatonic River.

The lake is operated as a hydroelectric power facility by the Connecticut Light and Power Company.


6/09/2005.  After touring Hatters Community Park for the second time, I walked through the parking lot of the Policemen's Athletic League, crossed the road and went up to the locked gate.  The area is primarily a beach with lots of lawn and a few scattered trees.  It did not make me want to go in, even if I could get in at the early hour I was there.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

*= plant blooming on date of field trip, 6/09/2005


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Picea pungens var. glauca (blue spruce)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow)

Herbs:
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed)   *
Medicago lupulina (black medick)  *
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)  *
Trifolium pratense (red clover)   *
Trifolium repens (white clover)   *

 

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