Just off the Gibson walking trail at Greenwood Drive, this is a park in progress. It is a remarkably diverse marshy habitat, but like many urban habitats in North America, it has been abused (gravel hauling, a motor raceway, generally a dumping ground). The Nature Trust, little by little, is rehabilitating the natural spaces. The amphibious inhabitants are thriving, as are beavers, deer, foxes, waterfowl and songbirds. Naturally, the mosquitos thrive, too. Consider wearing long pants and sleeves rather than overdoing it on the insect repellent; while you are food for the bugs, they are food for the salamanders, birds, turtles and frogs.
The best way to learn about Hyla Park is to take a Frog Walk with the trained frog whisperers of the Nature Trust. You'll likely see a lot more frogs, salamanders and newts with these amphibian spotting geniuses. Bring your wellies!
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