Thursday, June 3, 2010

Open Spaces

There is a park called "Open Spaces" in our town. I haven't fully explored it yet, but it seems quite sizable, overgrown (not that I'm complaining), and quite underused. There are small trails there circling a series of ponds. Last year some moron dumped a pile of televisions in the small parking lot, but I have yet to see another person actually visiting the park.

In 2007 the town was trying to figure out what to do with the park's deteriorating dams. It looks like they decided to do nothing for now. Not surprising, considering that the town is rather desperate for funds.

My little naturalist. I had to carry him past a good deal of poison ivy.

We spotted a beaver in the water, in addition to gnawed trees. Chipmunks kept scolding us while we walked.

Gratuitous tree shot.

High water.

More high water, and lots of pollen.

The water mush have washed a giant pile of acorns here. These are all oak seedlings.

Gratuitous snake.

One of two very large, multi-trunked trees that flank the entrance path. Multi-trunks result from regrowth from stumps. The size of these trees indicates that they may have been the only trees on the hillside at some point.


Steve Sherlock said...

Michelle, this is the DelCarte property and a hidden gem within Franklin. The Conservation Commission did recently hear the proposals on fixing the dams. It does cost money but something does need to be done.

I walked some of the paths recently as part of my preparation about the property. I am in the process of finding out more about the land from folks who played or fished there as kids.

With a little bit of work this could be for Franklin with Borderland St Park is to Easton, great space for exercise and relaxation.

Michelle said...

Thanks for the info Steve! I can't wait to hear what else you learn about the place.