West River Memorial Park Urban Oasis Expansion

West River Memorial Park in New Haven is the site of an Urban Oasis. Menunkatuck will be expanding the Oasis by almost tripling its size. The project involves extending the native shrubs along the marsh edge north from the existing area, enhancing the meadow by planting perennial plugs, and planting a seed plot along the border of the existing Oasis and the meadow. The new plants will provide additional food and cover for resident and migrant birds.

The West River Memorial Park Urban Oasis expansion will cover this area of the park between the driveway and the river near the Barnard Nature Center.

The West River Memorial Park Urban Oasis expansion will cover this area of the park between the driveway and the river near the Barnard Nature Center.

The activities that will be undertaken are:

  • Remove invasive plants between water and meadow
  • Use cardboard throughout the spring and summer to remove mugwort and much of its seed-bank.
  • Plant 200 native shrubs to replace invasive plants
  • Plant 50 cattails to replace phragmites
  • Plant 200 native perennial plugs in meadow area
  • Prepare ground for seed plot and sow seeds

Menunkatuck Audubon Society is partnering with the New Haven Bird Club and the West River Watershed Partnership on this project.

Funding for this project comes from grants Menunkatuck has received from Audubon’s Coleman and Susan Burke Center for Native Plants and from an Audubon Connecticut Important Bird Area Small Matching Grant. Additional funds will come from Menunkatuck and the NHBC.

Click on a polygon to show components of expansion project.