The Davis-Covell Greenbelt connects
neighborhoods and community parks in the northern part
of the City of Davis with each other and
with playgrounds as well as fitness and nature study areas.
It is a popular outdoors destination for residents and visitors
of Davis. The well-planned, parklike belt is used by joggers,
bicyclists, dog walkers, hikers and inline skaters [1-3].
The greenbelt features a loop trail of 2.7 miles. Coming from the
pedestrian bridge overpassing W. Covell Blvd., one gets onto
the loop at the playground in Covell Park. After about
one mile—doing the loop clockwise—several bronze
sculptures will be encountered.
The first sculpture presents a dog on a tricycle, letting his red
tongue all hang out while racing around. The next sculpture
is a dog at play and the final one features a dog chasing a turkey.
The sculptures were commissioned by the City of Davis within its
Art in Public Places Program and crafted by artist
Jean Van Keuren, who is known for many
other bronze installations in public places .
Further north one finds a short nature walk, before getting
to Northstar Park, which includes a flood protection pond.
This Julie Partansky Pond is part of a
storm drain system.
The pond and the surrounding wetland area provides wildlife
habitat. According to an information board, over 50 wildlife
species make the pond their home. American bullfrog and
mosquitofish live in the pond. Mailard, American coot, Canada
goose, egrets, herons, stilts and avocets are living and
nesting in the wetlands. The area is also visited by migratory
as canvasback, American widgeon, ruddy duck and snow goose.
The picture below shows the short boardwalk trail to a platform
at the pond, from where one may view waterfowl.
South of Northstar Park, the loop trail passes
the asian-themed Huei Young's home and gardens, which have been
the site of various events in a Feng-Shui-inspired
atmosphere . Continuing on for another quarter mile, one gets
back into Covell Park with its leisure amenities.
Getting to the Davis-Covell Greenbelt
On Highway 113 between Interstate 80 and Interstate 5
(between Davis and Woodland) take the West Covell Boulevard
exit and drive east on W. Covell Blvd. until you underpass a
pedestrian bridge after about three miles. Turn right after
the bridge, find parking, and walk over the bridge to get
to Covell Park.
The Greenbelt is located north of Central Davis, from where
you have different options to get onto W. Covell Blvd. Going
north on F Street, for example, turn left onto W. Covell Blvd.
and left again just before the pedestrian bridge. The loop trail
begins (and ends) about 1,000 feet north of this overpass.
The greenbelt is nicely integrated with the adjacent
neighborhoods, from which nearly every has an entrance to it.
References and more to explore