Thursday, April 12, 2012

Moser Park, New Haven

Moser Park is a secret gem hidden just behind downtown New Haven, IN. It is part of the River Greenway Trail with a small sports complex and a fantastic natural trail.

The entrance to Moser Park can be found at the corner of Main and State in New Haven.  If you aren't familiar with the area or the park it can be tricky to find, as currently there is no sign to inform visitors of its presence.  

Immediately upon entering the park you find public restrooms.  They have running water and electricity.  These are clean and convenient.

There is a full court basketball court with lights for evening play.  There is one set of bleachers for people watching games.

Moser Park has a ball diamond, complete with concession stand, bleachers, and dugouts.  There is also a batting cage and  a good amount of space for practicing.

Moser Park offers a nature center for visitors.  It is currently closed for the season.  I have not found any information about when it will open or what hours will be kept.  

There are a handful of picnic tables by the pond for families to enjoy the beauty of nature while eating together.  Across the pond and up a steep hill is a train track, it's an extra special treat to young boys when the train appears in front of them.

Another view of the beautiful pond.

A fishing pier juts out into the little pond for those that enjoy the sport.

"I saw a dead fish, it's mouth was open like this!"

The River Greenway Trail comes into the park by the nature center and winds through this fantastic park.

There is a picnic pavilion with tables which can be reserved for events.

Behind the picnic pavilion is a nature trail.  This is an excellent wide path that is well cared for.  It leads through the woods along a stream and swamp area.

It also offers a disc golf course in the woods.  This one is near the water.  It appears to be a challenging, full course

There are benches on the trail for fulfilling the need to rest.

Many bridges of various sizes.  This one is super narrow, others are like platforms.  My husband says, "it brings out the boyhood in a person."

I said wide trails - these were wide and clear enough for a jumbo stroller.  

Initially we were disappointed, we had seen the park online and expected that our children would be able to enjoy a playground after having dinner.  There is no playground.  Upon entering the park, we saw the sports complex and thought we had made a bad choice.  We kept walking, in search of a good place to eat - and discovered the hidden beauty of this park.  We are so glad that we were able to visit Moser Park.  We look forward to visiting again when we can spend more time exploring the nature trails, and visit the nature center.

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