Bon View Estates Linear Park                                                           



North 3rd & Monroe Streets, Denver PA (parking lot is just west of Monroe near its intersection with North 3rd)


This 13-acre linear park, developed in the 1990s, borders the Little Cocalico Creek and features crushed-stone trails, a riparian buffer, and an arbore- tum.  The signage, though quite in- informative, is decaying and needs to be replaced.  On the plus side, anti-rabbit tubes protect numerous seed- lings scattered within the park.


Most of the trees -- such as Green and White Ash, Red and Silver Maple, Crabapple, Catalpa, Dogwood, Red- bud, Pin Oak and Honeylocust -- are not of county-wide significance.  But one of the park's entrances is lined with a dozen mature River Birches (Betula nigra); as such, it's among the best one-sided allees in Lancaster County, especially considering the distinctiveness of the species (see separate listing).


A second arbor highlight of the park is a Boxelder (Acer negundo) that -- at approximately 80 feet -- is as tall as Boxelders ever get (see separate list- ing).


Focusing as it does upon riparian eco- logy, this little park is a terrific Lancas- ter County asset.