Odell Park, a crown jewel amidst Fredericton‘s verdant parklands, enjoys a high reputation as one of Canada’s most picturesque parks. Covering a sprawling 400-acre area in the city’s core, this park boasts several unique attributes. These include a serene duck pond, a deer pen, and a freely roaming indigenous deer population, an arboretum, and a botanical garden. Fredericton’s image as the “last surviving hometown of America” owes much to the idyllic and inviting environment created by Odell Park.
Within the grounds that were once part of Reverend Jonathan Odell’s extensive estate, now known as woodlands and fields, individuals find room to engage in leisure activities and connect with nature throughout the year. The Odell family christened their sizable estate “Rookwood,” a moniker that presently adorns the avenue directing to the primary entrance of Odell Park. Officially established in 1954, the park has been beautified with manicured lawns, tranquil duck ponds, a deer enclosure, and a versatile visitors centre, inaugurated by the Queen Mother in 1967.
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