Alpha Ridge Park

  • Size: 72 acres
  • Habitat: Open areas, wet meadow, pond with cattails, deciduous floodplain woods, small amount of coniferous woods, stream.
  • Best Months: April–May; September–October.
  • Coverage Time: 30 minutes to an hour or more.
  • Trails/Paths: No trails or paths except sidewalks in the vicinity of the ballfields and pavilions; a mown strip behind the tennis courts provides a view of the meadow as well as access to the south side of the pond.
  • Notable Birds: Northern Pintail, Wild Turkey, American Bittern, Cattle Egret, Merlin, Glaucous Gull, Red-headed Woodpecker, Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wren, American Pipit, American Tree Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Pine Siskin.
  • Amenities: Portable toilets year-round; two pavilions, tot lot, tennis courts, ballfields, and in-line hockey rinks.
  • Handicapped Access: Limited. Paved paths and parking lots in vicinity of athletic fields.
  • Operation and Hours: Howard County park; dawn to dusk.
  • Special Attractions: One of the county's most easily accessible sites for nesting Warbling Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, and orioles.
Alpha Ridge Park
Compiler: Ralph Cullison

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