|Webster Arboretum Trails|
Location: Kent Park on Schlegel Road, Webster
Directions: From Rochester, take Route 104 east through Webster. Turn north on Salt Road and east on Schlegel Road. The parking area is on the north side of Schlegel Road.
Alternative Parking: Parking at the athletic fields of Kent Park
Hiking Time: 30 minutes
Length: 0.9 mile loop
Difficulty: 2 boots
Surface: Mowed-grass and dirt trail
Trail Markings: Wooden trail signs with color designations (colored dots)
Dogs: OK on leash
Contact: Webster Parks & Recreation Department
985 Ebner Drive, Webster, NY 14580 (716) 872-2911
Friends of Webster Trails http://www.webstertrails.org
Webster Arboretum is a 32-acre segment of the 84.5-acre Kent Park. Gardener Elizabeth Sykes and local garden clubs had long envisioned a unique garden of natural beauty, which would draw people for leisure, educational, and cultural activities. Finally, during the 150th year town celebrations, Webster supervisor Adrian Stanton had the arboretum land set aside, and Parks Director Donna Fauth was assigned to develop the park. George Turner, chairman of the Webster Conservation Board recruited Elmer Smith, Mike Kopicki, and Dick Finicchia to work on the arboretum design.
Elizabeths 20-year dream is being brought to reality through private donations coordinated by the Webster Arboretum Association, Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization. Upon leaving the parking area, the first thing a visitor notices are the gardens. Volunteers from the five Webster Garden Clubs have built the Smith Rose Garden and a series of perennial gardens. They're designed to attract humming birds, butterflies, and the awe of human visitors with splashes of brilliant color.
Next to the gardens sits the Norman R. Curry building with a multi-purpose room and restrooms. According to Webster's dictionary, an arboretum is a place where many kinds of trees and shrubs are grown for exhibition and study. Beyond the gardens of the Webster Arboretum, a trail leads past a pond, into the trees and shrubs available for your study.
The wide trails are marked with color coded signs so you'll be able to wander and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature with peace of mind. Benches are found periodically along the trail, inviting you to sit and savor your surroundings.
The trails are labeled as:
Date Hiked: ___________