By Alicia Dziak

If you’re looking for a great and nearby way to enjoy all summer has to offer, check out Sprague Brook Park, located at 9674 Foote Road, right off Route 240, in Glenwood.

This Erie County park was acquired by using state and federal aid programs to assume title to more than 2,200 acres of parkland (including Eighteen Mile Creek, Beeman’s Creek and Larkin Woods) in May 1963. In Feb 1964, Erie County bought 86 acres of land for expansion in the Towns of Sardinia and Concord for $1,500.

So just what is there to do at this hidden gem? With numerous hiking and biking trails, there are plenty of locations to explore the great outdoors. Plant life includes American Beech, Hawthorn, Butternut Hickory, Eastern Cottonwood, Sycamore, Black Walnut, Virginia Bluebells, Ostrich Ferns, Goutweed, Japanese Knotweed, Lesser Celandine, Red Pine, Scotch Pine, European Pine, Norway Spruce and Staghorn Sumac.

Lucky visitors can perhaps get a glimpse of a porcupine, fox, white tail deer, snowshoe hare, raccoons, woodpecker, robin, heron, geese, duck, frog, salamander, bass, sunfish or bluegill, among other animals residing in the park.

If you have little ones, they’ll surely enjoy the playgrounds scattered throughout the park. Several covered picnic shelters are situated nearby, making it the perfect place to enjoy a meal with family and friends.

On a hot summer day, there’s no better place to cool off than the creek, where a wide open entrance makes way to a flowing brook, perfect for splashing and “swimming” at the bottom. There are also ponds for fishing.

The sporty set can take advantage of four tennis courts and two baseball diamonds, or utilize the wide open grassy areas for any lawn game or sport you choose.

Stay the weekend at one of 123 campsites inside the park, 30 of which are electrified. Camping reservations can be made by calling (716) 858-8355 Monday- Friday.

Sprague Brook Park is a place full of natural beauty and convenient amenities that make it the perfect place to spend a summer day. Pack a lunch and make your plans to visit this park that’s close to home! For more info, visit