Wickham Park is a beautiful park located in Manchester, Connecticut with a minor portion of the park in East Hartford. The majority of the park, 130 acres, was a gift from Clarence H. Wickham. His will stipulated that after the death of his wife, Edith Wickham, the property be turned into a park. Myrtle Williams, who owned land adjacent to the park, left a legacy donation of 67 acres in 1967. Wickham Park has grown to its current size of 280 acres because of these generous donations. Wickham Park is a registered non-profit and all donations help maintain and continue to develop the park.
The 280-acre park boasts beautiful gardens, open fields, forests, ponds, picnic spaces, and sports facilities. The English Garden, Oriental Garden, Italian Shrine, Lotus Garden, and Sensory Garden are among the highlights. There is also a small trail network in the park. One of the best walks is the Wickham Park loop which is 0.6 miles. Many guests come to the park to roam about and take in all of the natural beauty. Additionally, weddings, receptions, fundraising walks, disc golf competitions, tree tours, garden tours, auto shows, cross country races, family and friend get-togethers, and more are all held at the park.
From the first weekend in April until the last weekend in October, Wickham Park is open seven days a week. The park is open from 9:30 a.m. to dusk. There is a small entrance fee for cars.
- Address: 1329 Middle Turnpike W
- Town: Manchester
- State: Connecticut
- GPS: Lat 41.78382 Lng -72.57815
- Parking notes: The park has ample parking spaces across 5 lots. There are fees to enter the park, per vehicle. Learn more at http://wickhampark.org/about-us/hours-facilities/
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE
External Website: http://wickhampark.org/