Greenwich Catholic School, Greenwich
1st Place-Division 2
Mianus River Park
The Mianus River Park is an amazing place. It is
a natureal park with hiking trails, hills and swamps. It is a beautiful setting
and a well kept secret located righ in our backyards. Twenty thousand years ago
the valley was formed by a glacier that scoured it out. It was once farmland and
known as the town of Bangall. If you are ever there you might see stone fences
and stone walls that marked boundaries of the people's farms ove 100 years ago.
Dr. Robert T. Morris use to own much of the land there.
The Mianus River Park is located in Greenwich
and Stamford and is 220 acres split almost evenly between the two cities. There
is a variety of wildlife and soggy wetlands and little steams, as well as rocky
hillsides. The Mianus River runs along one corner of the park. There are 29
types of trees in the park. The sunlight filters through the tall trees. The
wooded swamp area grows red maple trees. Over 125 species of birds have been
observed in the park including owls, woodpeckers, yellow warbles, and red eyed
vireos. You can hear birds chirping and frogs croaking as you walk along the
quiet paths. The common animals in the park are chipmunks, squirrels, skunks,
deer, red foxes, raccoons and rabbits. The wetlands have amphibians such as
turtles, salamanders, and frogs and reptiles such as snakes. Rarely, you might
see otters or weasels in the park. The highest point in the park is 270 feet.
People who walk there are respectful of the park keep it clean.
There are many hiking trails throughout the
park. Cars are not allowed. You can see were your going by the marks of color on
some of the trees. With your family, you can hike, walk your dog, or climb on
the big rocks or over logs. You can even fish if you have a permit. It is a good
place to spend time with family. I enjoy listening to the birds chirp while
hiking or walking my dog. My dog likes to jump into the river and run around
through the trees chasing the squirrels. It is as much fun for my dog as me. I
like to meet and pet the other dogs we see. It is nice place no matter what
season of the year. It is very peaceful and beautiful. I recommend wearing boots
if it is rainy or in the winter because there my be mud or snow around. But in
the other seasons its fine to wear sneakers. Get back to Mother Nature and visit
the park soon.