Goddard Park ’s 489.2 acres in Warwick has had a colorful history down through the years. As a private estate Goddard Park had been richly endowed with spacious lawns and fields and forested areas wherein there were trees from all over the world,
The wooded portion which amounts to more than 200 acres abounds with fine specimens of red and white pine, red and white oak, larch, Douglas fir and almost every kind deciduous trees which are hardy in this climate. This tract is the result of a carefully thought out course of reforestation covering a long period of years, and has been described by the United States Department of Forestry, as “the finest example of private forestry in America “.
The 1935 hurricane raised great havoc with the wooded areas of the reservation and many valuable trees and plants were lost. (Information gathered from the riparks.com/goddardhistory/htm website.)
*Note:There was a reforestation program after the hurricane of 1935.
Unfortunately, there has been no upkeep or reforestation program in this beautiful stretch of park, probably since 1935. It is shameful to see such a loss of forest. I sincerely hope that the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant funding for Forest Service can help control and improve the health of the Goddard Park’s Forest. I urge you to look at the Goddard Park website, it has a very long history and the donor’s intention was clearly to preserve these 489 acres for future generations to enjoy.
Thank you for your consideration.