Alley Pond Park

Little Neck Bay to Spring Blvd., Union Turnpike

655.29 acres


Directions:

From the west.  TAKE UNION TURNPIKE EXIT (you will be heading west at this point).

TURN AROUND AND HEAD UNION TURNPIKE EAST.

AT INTERSECTION WITH WINCHESTER BOULEVARD -- TURN LEFT.

PROCEED TO THE EAST PARK ENTRANCE DRIVE (DIRECTLY BENEATH THE GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY, which is overhead at this point).

TURN LEFT INTO THE PARK AND PROCEED TO THE PARKING LOT.


Trails:

Wild Flower Meadow located near the Woodland Nature Center.  Named for John Riedl, Dean and Professor of Philosophy at Queensborough Community College.  655 acres.  In 1994 Commissioner Stern gave the meadow its current name.

There are three ponds: Lily Pad, Decodon, and Turtle Ponds.  And, given enough rain, there is a Little Alley Pond in the southeast corner of the aprk. 


PLANT LIST:
Michael Feller, Dr. Patrick L. Cooney & Torrey Botanical Club


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple) 5/2/96
Acer rubrum red maple)
Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Amelanchier sp. (shadbush) 4/27/95 5/2/96
Aralia spinosa (Hercules' club)
Betula lenta (black birch) catkins 4/27/95
Betula nigra (river birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Celtis occidentalis (hackberry)
Cercis canadensis (redbud) (hort.) 5/2/96
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 4/27/95 5/2/96
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)
Ilex opaca (American holly) planted
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Magnolia virginiana (sweetbay magnolia) planted
Pinus rigida (pitch pine) planted
Pinus strobus (white pine) planted
Platanus sp. (sycamore)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus sp. (white cherry tree) 4/27/95 5/2/96
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (crab apple) 4/27/95
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) 4/27/95emerging 5/2/96

Shrubs:
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Pieris sp. (Japanese andromeda) planted
Aralia racemosa (spikenard)
Aralia spinosa (Hercules' club)
Aronia sp. (chokeberry)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) 5/2/96
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Cornus alternifolia (alternate-leaved dogwood)
Cornus kousa (Korean dogwood)
Eubotrys racemosa (fetterbush)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Euonymus fortunii (Fortune's euonymus)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex glabra (inkberry) planted
Ilex verticillata (winterberry)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) leafing 4/27/95
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Lonicera sp. (honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Myrica pensylvanica (bayberry)
Pieris japonica (andromeda) (hort.) 5/2/96
Rhododendron periclymenoides (pinxter flower)
Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea)
Rhodotypos scandens (jetbead) 5/2/96
Ribes rubrum (red currant)
Ribes sativum (garden currant)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Taxus canadensis (yew)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) 4/27/95
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle) 5/2/96

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Rubus hispidus (dewberry)
Smilax sp. (greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy) 4/27/95coming up
Vicia sp. (vetch)
Vitis sp. (grape vines)

Herbs:
Actaea alba (white baneberry)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 4/27/95 5/2/96
Allium tricoccum (wild leek)
Allium vineale field garlic)
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone) 4/27/95 5/2/96
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Artemesia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/2/96
Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse) 4/27/95 5/2/96
Chenopodium album (lamb's quarters)
Cimicifuga racemosa (American bugbane)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's night-shade)
Cirsium sp. (thistle)
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty)
Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's-slipper)
Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum sp. (avens)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower) 4/27/95
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Osmorhiza claytonii (sweet cicely)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum biflorum (true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf crowfoot) 5/2/96
Rumex acetosella (field sorrel)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)
Senecio vulgaris (groundsel) 5/2/96
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 4/27/95 5/2/96
Tulipera sp. tulips (hort.) 5/2/96
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Uvularia sessilifolia (sessile-leaved bellwort) 5/2/96
Veronica arvensis (corn speedwell) 5/2/96
Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet) 5/2/96
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 4/27/95
Viola sp. (confederate violets) 5/2/96
chickweed sp. 4/27/95 5/2/96

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex sp. (sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Luzula multiflora (wood rush) 5/2/96

Grasses:
Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass) 4/27/95 5/2/96
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass) 4/27/95 5/2/96

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

Others:
Isoetes sp. (quillwort)


Field Report:

January 9, 2003.  While walking with Philip Duckett along the yellow trail we noticed the bad state of the woods.  There were so many trees down that we were shocked.  And many of the planted white pines had their trunks snapped in two, probably by the higher winds we have been having in recent years as our storms seem to be getting more ferocious.  Passed by the Alley Pond Natue Center, Dennis Keane, curator.