Edgewood Park packs an impressive number of amenities into a few square blocks of urban space. The park features over two miles of hiking trails, a wetlands viewing platform, a large skate park, basketball and tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, a playground and sprinkler area for kids, and an enclosed dog run. The park has six ponds.
What Makes It Great
This park has everything you might think to look for in an urban park, plus woodland and wetland hiking. Traffic sounds fade away as you stroll the well-marked trails.
The White Loop passes six small ponds, quickly transitioning from woods to meadows to wetlands to soccer fields and back again. There are occasional signs with information about the plants and animals you may see. The Blue Trails cross West River with small footbridges.
Despite the popularity of the park, it's easy to feel like you're alone in the woods.
The City of New Haven offers Ranger programs in the park - see website for schedules.
Who is Going to Love It
New Haven residents, families, dog lovers, and hikers who don't have the time or physical ability to climb nearby West Rock.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking lots are accessible from West Rock Avenue and Whalley Avenue. The park is served by five bus stops on Whalley Avenue and Edgewood Avenue. There are restrooms near the skate park and the playground. An emergency call box is located at the Coogan Pavillion.
Lower West River is available for canoeing and fishing (license required). Fishing is also permitted in Duck Pond. Swimming is prohibited.