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Down By The Riverside

The Saugatuck River is a Westport jewel.

But unless you belong to the Saugatuck Rowing Club, rent a kayak or paddleboard at DownUnder or live on the water, your direct access is limited to a few public parks.

There’s one named for Grace Salmon on Imperial Avenue. Another for Gene Pasacreta is on Riverside.

One of the least known — and least maintained — is also on Riverside, just north of the merge with Saugatuck Avenue (right beyond the VFW, before the houses and commercial buildings).

A view of the Saugatuck River, from the Riverside Avenue park.

It’s been designated as open space, with activities limited to walking and viewing. This morning, members of the Parks Advisory Committee toured the property. They saw the beautiful view of the river, which right now hardly anyone knows about.

Tree warden Bruce Lindsay was there too.

If he works the same magic on this pocket park as he did on the Wadsworth Arboretum across town, Westporters will have one more connection to the Saugatuck River.

And many more opportunities to enjoy it.