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 arboretum. The signage, though quite informative, is decaying and needs to be replaced. Anti-rabbit tubes protect numerous seedlings scattered within the park.
Most of the trees -- such as Green and White Ash, Red and Silver Maple, Crabapple, Catalpa, Dogwood, Redbud, 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 listing).
Focusing as it does upon riparian ecology, this little park is a terrific Lancaster County asset.