Longshore Club Park
260 South Compo Beach, Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut
169 acres

Westport Parking Emblem Required for Lot D & E Pool, Tennis and Marina Memorial Day Labor Day

Westport Handpass Required for Golf, Tennis, and Swimming.


Directions:

US 95 north to Exit 17; turn left  onto Route 136 (Saugatuck Avenue); head under US 95 and in a short distance turn right onto Riverside Avenue; turn left to go over the bridge spanning the Saugatuck River; on Compo Road South head south to a right turn onto Julian Brodie Road; follow it to the public parking lot area. Park.  The parking lot is adjacent to the coastal shore. 


Facilities:

18 Hole golf course, 9 tennis courts, 1 paddle tennis court, Evan Harding Point Picnic Area, 3 swimming pools, bathhouse with lockers, playscape, pavilion, marina (boat Assignment or Ramp Permit Required), concession stand.


Trails:

11/05/2005.  On a warm, beautiful day (very much above the usual seasonal temperature, Rosemary Cooney, Sarah-David Rosenbaum, dog Sonar and I toured the very small rocky, shelly beach. This is primarily golf course, but there is shoreline along the Long Island Sound and a small woods by the parking lot.  We walked in the woods a bit and also along the shoreline, out and back.  This is a big park and there is vegetation along Herbert Baldwin Road (along Grays Creek) on the way out of the park.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick Cooney, Sarah-David Rosenbaum, Rosemary Cooney

*  = plant blooming on date of field trip, 11/05/2005


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)  --  lots of it
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Pinus sp. (pine)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Pinus thunbergii (Japanese black pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Taxus sp. (yew)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
 

Shrubs:
Baccharis halimifolia (groundsel bush)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Iva frutescens (marsh elder)
Juniperus sp. (horizontalis) ?  (juniper)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)  planted
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron)  planted
Rhododendron sp. (azalea)  planted
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet) 
Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)     *
Aster spp. (aster)     *
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm)
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Limonium carolinianum (sea lavender)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)     *
Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Salicornia sp. (glasswort)
Silene latifolia (white campion)     *
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Solidago bicolor (silverrod)
Solidago sempervirens (seaside goldenrod)     *
Taraxacum sp. (dandelion)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)

Grasses:
Digitaria sp. (crab grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Elymus sp. (wild rye grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Panicum virgatum (switch grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)
Spartina alterniflora (salt marsh cord grass)
Spartina patens (salt meadow cord grass)
 

 

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