Over the years Bridgerland Audubon has worked very hard to make sure that Denzil Stewart Nature Park remain true to Denzil Stewart’s request, that the land he donated be used as a nature park.
From the Bridgerland Audubon Newsletter The Stilt: Vol 18 #6 February 1990:
Nature Park to be Combined Effort
In 1975 Denzil Stewart deeded 4.2 acres to Logan City with a string attached: the property was to be developed as a nature park. The area is along Logan River between River Heights and Logan. A bridge at First South and River Circle, (approximately Sixth East) provides access from Logan; from River Heights, a path comes down from Stewart Hill.
Time passed. Nothing happened.
Bob Atwood, member of the Bridgerland Audubon Board of Directors, knew the area was inhabited by nesting flickers, chickadees, western tanagers, dippers and flycatchers. He heard that Mr. Stewart was considering possessing the land, since it was not being developed and was attracting animals of the party variety who were disturbing the neighbors. Envisioning the area as a convenient learning resource for the townspeople. Bob put together the following proposal to develop the park, with foot trails, fences, and informative materials.
I recommend that Logan City, Bridgerland Audubon Society, and the Cache Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America join together for the development and improvement of Denzil Stewart Nature Park to enhance its original purpose as a nature park. The specific proposal is for Bridgerland Audubon to provide technical assistance regarding identification of bird species, plants, trees and other wildlife that inhabit the park. Based upon this information and study, and working with the Parks and Recreation Department of Logan City, Improvement projects would then be done as Eagle Scout Service Projects by young men of the Cache Valley Boy Scout Council with supervision and assistance from Logan City and Bridgerland Audubon as necessary.
The hoped for result is an improved nature park where citizens of all ages could enjoy and learn more about birds, plants, trees, and wildlife as they exist in the natural state.
Obligations and Opportunities of Each Group
Boy Scout Council would provide young men needing Eagle Scout Service Projects. The council itself would not incur any financial costs, but individual scouts may be involved in fund raising to help defray costs of a specific project. The council would utilize the park in merit badge and skill award advancements.
Bridgerland Audubon would help identify the birds, plants and trees in the park area, recommend projects, and work individually with scouts as necessary on approved projects. Cache Audubon would utilize the park for beginning bird-watching tours and nature studies.
Logan City as legal owners of the property would approve all projects, provide financial support to specific projects within existing budget limitations and be glad for the help of Audubon and the Boy Scouts.
This proposal does not contemplate improvements such as grass and picnic tables. It is nature oriented and education oriented. The following types of projects ought to be considered.
- A small covered information area, similar to those found in national parks identifying the area by name as a nature park and, under a covered section, providing specific information about the plants, trees and birds inhabiting the park area. Some financial support should be considered by Logan City.
- A nature fence on the northern boundary so park access is restricted to foot traffic only.
- Nature trail.
- Signs in front of trees and shrubs identifying them by name.
- Rest benches at identified locations. (Helpful to older people.)
- Copies of bird checklists, provided by Audubon.
- Projects identified by Audubon and Logan City.
— Bob Atwood
The Latest Developments
This proposal has been endorsed by Audubon, the Scouts, and Logan City. Bob has been appointed chairman of the Stewart Nature Park Committee. The city surveyer will mark the boundaries, and work will begin to install a footbridge, to exclude mechanized travel. Bob said, “We will need the technical help of many of our members. If you are interested in working on this project, please call me at 752-9284.”
The Park Deed June 23, 1975
“The…property is conveyed to Logan City and its successors based upon the expressed condition, that the land will be developed and used only as a Nature Park, depicting the natural plants, trees, shrubs, animals, birds etc., historically natural and native to the Cache Valley area…. The Nature Park will be entitled DENZIL STEWART NATURE PARK.”
From the Stilt Vol 32 Issue 4, April 2003 p3:
Earth Day Celebration. On Saturday, April 19th, there will be a tree planting at Denzil Stewart Nature Park to celebrate Earth Day. The park is located at 700 East 100 South in Logan. This event begins at 1 1 a.m. Activities include tree planting, nature walks and talks, and music. A Kid’s Parade starts at 2 p.m., costumes welcome. Baby trees, shovels, and refreshments will be provided. Old clothes and gloves recommended. Smiles required. For more information call the Utah Conservation Corps at (435) 797-0964.
Denzil Stewart Nature Park In Progress. The City is shopping for a footbridge and working on a fence to enclose the four acres of riverside property. Eagle Scouts are working on signs to discourage hunting and pets. Encourage your city council members to support this development.
eBird hotspot for Denzil Stewart park: https://ebird.org/printableList?regionCode=L1397248&yr=all&m=
Birding Hotspot from Utahbirds.org: http://www.utahbirds.org/counties/cache/DenzilStewartNaturePark.htm
Google Maps Satelite View of Denzil Stewart Nature Park: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-111.8199519,390m/data=!3m1!1e3
Bridgerland Audubon Society: https://bridgerlandaudubon.org
Cache Council, Boy Scouts of America: https://www.trappertrails.org/
Logan City Parks & Recreation: https://www.loganutah.org/government/departments/parks_and_recreation/index.php
USU Extension: https://extension.usu.edu/
The Bigtooth Maple trees are the Larry Rupp cions, propagated from the finest Fall maple color located by flying over Logan Canyon in a helicopter.