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;
Coverage Time: 30 minutes to an hour or
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
Notable Birds: 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
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.
Compiler: Ralph Cullison