Robert Antonelli, Jr.
Location: Heard Street to Knox Street -
Size/Land Area: 50.1 Acres.
Ball Field? Yes.
The original 50 acres of Hadwen Park were donated to the City by Park Commissioner Obadiah B. Hadwen in 1902. An additional purchase of a small parcel was made from Charles C. Mann in 1918 making for a total acreage of 50.138. Certainly a gem of a park and one of the most serene hiking areas in the city. Hadwen Park has it all; winding trails and steep hills, as well as a long, quick-flowing river that runs from Leesville to Curtis Pond. This park is only two minutes from Webster Square, lying across Curtis Pond from Hope Cemetery.
Large enough to provide a total escape from urban sights and sounds, the park is small enough for hikers to roam at random along a series of interconnected looping trails and paths through a wide range of natural terrain without a map.
Not too long ago the park was home to three resident deer. Apparently two of those deer have moved on leaving one lone deer roaming the park. A slew of other wildlife can also be witnessed. There are many unusual birds such as red-tailed hawks and great-horned owls.
Hadwen Park is open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The trail head can be reached from Webster Square by taking Webster Street to Knox Street to the stone gate entrance to the park. Parking is allowed on Knox Street, and there are no entrance fees.