Davidow Park
Revere Lane, Trumbull, Fairfield County, Connecticut
15 acres


Merritt Parkway north to exit 48 for Route 111; turn left onto Route 111; drive around 0.9 of a mile to turn left onto Blackhouse Road; drive 0.4 of a mile to a right turn onto Frederick Road; pass by Lafayette Drive to make a right turn onto Revere Lane; drive less than 0.1 of a mile and park alongside the road opposite the Joan Estates playground. 


Joan Estates tot lot playground, trails


9/26/2005.  On an overcast day, due the the influence of Hurricane Rita, with a bit of driving around, Cefe Santana, dog Sonar and I were able to find the Tot Lot.  We figured there would be a trail heading south from the playground.  We found it on the left side of the playground a little ways into the playground.  The trail took us to the stream which we crossed via a wood plank.  The trail was barely a trail.  We had to imagine part of it.  There were a lot of shrubs coming up on the trail itself.  The trail headed east for a short ways and then took us back to the stream.  We walked a very short ways along the stream and then turned left to follow the trail out to Lafayette Drive. 

The walk was disappointing because it was so short.  But then it occurred to me to search the other side of the road for a trail opening.  Right by the car we discovered the trail opening.  We reached a T-intersection on something resembling a small causeway.  The trail was extremely overrun with shrubs and small trees.  I used my trusty pruning shears to establish a clearer trail and to let us pass through the difficult areas.  At the T-intersection we could see a small circular wetlands area off to our right front.  The trail goes around these wetlands to return to the original T-intersection. We walked around the wetlands to return to the T-intersection.  We then headed back to the car.

My suggestion: establish some better and longer trails.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

*  =  plants blooming on field trip, 9/26/2005

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Aralia spinosa (Hercules' club)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster acuminatus (sharp-leaved aster)     *
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)     *
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Chelone glabra (white turtlehead)     *
Epifagus virginiana (beech drops)     *
Hypericum sp. (St. Johnswort)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)     *
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Medeola virginiana (Indian cucumberroot)  
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Polygonum arifolium (halberd-leaved tearthumb)    
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)     *
Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod)     *
Solidago spp. (goldenrod)     *
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)

Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Cinna arundinacea (wood reedgrass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

Sphagnum sp. (sphagnum)


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