We meet and begin our hike in the parking lot adjacent to the picnic site / playground. Crescent Drive Park hugs a mile of river bank under tall shady trees. We'll follow a connector route to the picturesque neighbourhood of Wildwood Park filled with mature elms, ash and oak trees.
hike length - 6.5 km
This event is open to Prairie Pathfinder walking club members (i.e. members who have paid an annual $25. fee). CONTACT US to request a complimentary invitation and try out the club 'for free'. Everyone is welcome to try out a hike or two before deciding to purchase a membership. Visit our website HERE.
Crescent Drive Park - some history -This was an unoccupied rural municipality of woods and unbroken prairie as late as the 1920s. Going back for centuries, this would have been prime 'sugar bush'. Groves of Manitoba maple thrived in this crescent of rich alluvial soil and their syrup provided an important source of food for early settlers.
Wildwood Park - some history - In 1946, Wildwood Park was the first residential ‘garden suburb’ on the Prairies. The development was intended to meet the housing shortage after World War II, and the basic design was based on a highly celebrated development in Radburn, New Jersey. It’s interesting that what began as a low cost housing experiment has turned into some very pricey and desirable real estate. Wildwood Park remains today the most unique housing development in the city.
All the homes in this 87 acre development face onto greenspace that is heavily treed and laced with pedestrian walkways. There are no streets running through the neighbourhood, just service lanes circling its periphery and behind the houses. Wildwood originally contained 281 houses with only five different floor plans available. The development proved so popular over the years, that most of these modest cottages have been transformed beyond recognition.