Byram Shore and Rosenwald Park - Greenwich Ct. 06830
Byram Park, tucked away between 1-95, Ritch Avenue, and Long Island Sound in the western end of town, has something for everyone.
The well-protected harbor provides slips for 300 small boats, while just beyond the ring of privately held islands there are 90 outwater moorings for larger crafts. The boating facilities also include a launching ramp, lockers for the boaters gear and a dry dock area. The park has also been home to the Byram Shore Boat Club for over sixty years.
For those bathers who prefer fresh water, the park has the only public pool in town, located right at the water's edge. Bathhouses are available for those using both beach and pool. For sports enthusiasts, the Park has lighted tennis courts as well as the only lighted ball field in Greenwich.
The sheer granite walls, which surround the softball diamond, were once part of a quarry operated by the Ritch family, beginning in the1840's. The quarry shipped a type of granite sometimes known as "Byram Blue Point". Legend has it that some of the stone from Byram Park was used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge as well as many other projects in New York City.
The Town acquired the 20-acre parcel in 1918, and an oral history by Charles Clark tells of the subsequent construction of the beach. Sand from Long Island was sailed across to coincide with high tide, and had to be frantically shoveled off the deck before the ebb stranded the boat.
In 1975, the Town purchased the Rosenwald property, an additional ten acres, which doubled the size of the beach. A hike up to the site of the old Rosenwald house, above the ball field, is worth it not only for the exercise but also for the spectacular panoramic view of Long Island Sound. On another bluff overlooking the Sound is a clambake area with a pavilion for family reunions and corporate outings. Permits are required for use of the clambake area. Please call the Parks and Trees Division for fees and availability at 622-7824.
There are also several areas for barbecues and quiet picnics scattered throughout the Park. The mature pines, maples, oaks and black walnuts, which populate the Rosenwald Park, provide secluded areas for quiet strolls. Lovely flowerbeds meticulously attended to by the Parks Department each summer also enhance the Park.
Rosenwald Park also has many species of waterfowl including Mute Swans, Canada Geese and Mallards, which can be found year round along the quay. Migrant warblers and thrushes visit the park in May and September.
Location: Corner of Rich Avenue and Byram Shore Road
Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 2, make left turn at traffic light at bottom of hill (exit ramp), go under I-95, after next traffic light park entrance is on the right.
Size: 29.649 Acres
Hours of Operation: Saturday Before Memorial Day Through Labor Day
Daily Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 7:45 PM
Pool Hours: 10:30 A.M. to 5:45 PM
Family Swim: 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday
Adult Swim: 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM Monday / Wednesday / Friday
Senior Swim: 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 PM Thursday
Parking: Lot Parking
- Metal + wood shelter 25’ x 36’ with black top base
- 4 Stone fireplaces (BBQ) w/ grills
- 9 Metal grills - water fountain
- 27 Wood + metal picnic tables
- 15 Refuse containers
Softball / Hardball Field
- Left Field = 200'
- Center Field = 270'
- Right Field = 180'
- Metal backstop 15’ x 12’ x 15’
- 1 Set bleachers 5 rows - 16’ length
- Water fountain
- 3 Courts w/ nets - fenced in 120’ x 150’
- 4 Light poles w/ double lights
- 1 Set metal and wood benches - 2 Refuse cans
- Men - 3 urinals, 1 toilet, 1 sink
- Women - 3 toilets, 1 sink
Town Shed With Shop + Overhead Door 25’ x 50’
Dock Master Office + Boat Club
- Rest rooms
- Patio area
- Winch shed owned by town and maintained by boat club
- Byram Shore Boat Club House
- 2 Piers, gangways & floats
- 59 Docks
- 1 Launching dock
Children’s Playground and Picnic Area
- 1 Wood and metal and plastic climbing apparatus with 2 slides 16’ x 20’ enclosed in a 34’ Railroad ties (sand base)
- 1 Swing set 30’ x 13’ with 2 bucket swings and 2 children’s (grass base)
- 1 Climbing apparatus “Stage Coach” 5’ x 11’ (grass base)
- 8 - 8’ Wood and cement benches
- 4 Metal grills
- 4 - 6’ Wood and metal picnic tables
- 4 Metal refuse cans -2 Recycle cans
Front Entry Gate House
- Wood shingled and glass (10’ x 6’ x 8’)
Lighted Ball Field
- Left Field = 240'
- Center Field = 281'
- Right Field = 274'
- Outfield Perimeter Fence 409’
- Back stop - 18’ x 15’ x 18’
- L. F. Players bench - 2- 6’
- L.F. Spectator’s bleachers - 5 row - 27’
- L.F. Players bench 10’ x 20’ x 20’
- L.F. Fence spectator’s 41’ x 10’
- R.F. Players bench -2 -6’
- R.F. Spectator’s bleachers - 5 row - 27’
- R.F. Fence player’s bench - 10’ x 20’ x 20’
- R.F. Fence spectator’s - 60’
- 2- Metal refuse cans- 2 Recycle cans
- 1 - Port-a-San
- Stone restroom building - 25’ x 20’
- Men- 2 urinals, 2 toilets, 1 sink
- Women- 3 toilets, 1 sink
- 1 water fountain
- 1 -12’ Bike Rack
- Beach Building Complex
- Ticket taker office
- Concession stand with payphone
- Bath house w/ lockers & showers
- Nurse quarters
- Life Guard locker room
- Beach Shelter - 15’ x 50’
- 1 Water fountain
- 1 Life Guard Chair
- Super deck handicapped accessible walkway
- Beach area 270’ x 120’
- Life guard chair
- 3 Refuse cans
- Picnic area
- 6 - 6’ Wood and metal picnic tables
- 2 - 6’ Wood and metal benches
- 3 Metal grills
- 3 Refuse cans 1 recycle cans
- Playground area
- Protective Fence - 68’
- 4 - 8’ wood and cement benches
- 1 - 23’ climbing apparatus (wood + metal) with sliding board, metal chain ladder, 1 movable wooden walking bridge (grass base)
- Tennis courts area (62’ x 116’)
- 1 - Not usable (Partially fenced)
- Pool area- Picnic and play area
- 1 80,000 gallon swimming pool 60’ x 30’
- 1 - Life guard chair
- 20’ Swing set - no swings (grass base)
- 2 - Metal grills
- 4 - 6’ Wood and metal picnic tables
- 1 - 6’ Wood + metal bench
- 2 Refuse cans - Recycle cans
- Pool house
- Men - 2 toilets, 2 showers, 3 sinks
- Women - 2 toilets, 2 showers, 3 sinks
- Kitchen with 2 double sinks and 1 refrigerator
- Recreation area with fireplace and 1 toilet and 1 sink
- Caretakers house
- Upper garden area
- 1 Flagpole
- 5-8’ Wood + cement benches
- 12’ x 22’ Wooden garage - storage shed