Odell Park is a 175-ha (432-acre), year-round park within the heart of the city of Fredericton. Larger than Sherwood Forest in England, the park was originally the estate of Rev. Jonathan Odell and was officially proclaimed a park in 1954.
Visitors will find a pond, barbecue pits, picnic tables, an information kiosk, a disc-golf course, a children's playground and a lodge (opened by the Queen Mother in 1967). There are also 16 km (10 mi.) of trails winding their way through a varied forest spared from the woodsman's axe and the ravages of fire. Some of the trees in the park are more than 400 years old!
In the winter, visitors can skate on the outdoor rink, slide down the hills and cross-country ski on groomed trails. The Odell Park Lodge is a popular meeting location.
The park is also home to the Odell Arboretum, built in 1985 at the suggestion of Senator Muriel Ferguson, and New Brunswick Species Collection. Since no natural resource is more present in New Brunswick than the trees that make up our great forests, it is especially fitting that the province's capital city features an arboretum containing all the tree species native to New Brunswick. The 2.8 km (1.7 mi.) arboretum trail winds through the woods past 41 separate sites where individual tree species grow naturally and are identified by interpretive plaques.
Please note: The arboretum species collection was compromised during the winds of Tropical Storm Arthur in July 2014. While the trail and the tree species collection signage remains, the tree itself may have been placed on the forest floor.