Collier Point Park Open

It was blustery and gray today at Collier Point Park, very atmospheric. The last time I checked on the park the gate was still closed, but it’s open now, providing a great option for city dwellers in need of fresh air and a view of the bay. Bring your fishing pole.

It’s such a different perspective looking up to the Iway Bridge and across to the tugboats at India Point. We already wrote about the history of Collier Point Park a few years ago.

The six-acre park — designed by William Warner Architects in 1996 — is accessed right off of Allens Avenue and features fishing piers and a boat ramp, with lots of parking available. There is a path and benches and tables, and naturalistic landscaping supports the look and feel of the place. There are several explanatory text panels with cool old pix.

The path continues north right up to the hurricane barrier offering a unique view. Gets you pretty close to the Manchester Street power plant as well.

The gals fishing off the end of this pier were asked what they were angling for. “Anything . . . scup . . . we throw it all back.” They were having a great time and clearly knew what they were doing.

The entrance is easy to miss when driving by. Traveling north on Allens Avenue, the entrance to Henderson Street is on your right, just before the hurricane barrier. When you see the teeny tiny sign (red arrow) you have gone too far. (Heading out of downtown, traveling south, take a left after the barrier.)

Dawn to dusk, Collier Point Park, Henderson Street, (directions)

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