RIDGE ROAD PARK
Hartsdale, Westchester County, NY  (Westchester County Park Pass Required)
Acres:170


Recreational Activities: Reserved picnic areas, ballfield.


Directions:

Sprain Brook Parkway to Greenburgh exit. Make a left at the end of the ramp and follow West Hartsdale Avenue. Turn Right. Follow to Ridge Road, approximately 3 miles. Turn right on Ridge Road. Entrance is approximately 1 1/2 miles. (914)946-8133


History:

Rochambeau Headquarters (Ridge Road, Hartsdale)

brown clapboard house

Troops of Washington and Rochambeau were located on Phillipsburg Manor ground between Dobbs Ferry and Hamlet of Hart’s Corners on the Bronx River. The two armies were side by side for six weeks before the march to Yorktown, Virginia for the final showdown with the British.

Tenant farmhouse was here.

1732 – first section built by John Tompkins.

16590 – Gilbert Bates bought it.

1765 – he added a wing to the building.

1781 – the house belonged to Bates’s widow. Bates had died in British captivity.

1785 – John Odell added the second story to Bates’s wing.

1850 – descendant added another second story to the section without one.

1865 – Odell family gave the property to the Sons of the American Revolution.

(Pp. 44-45. Williams, Gray. 2003. Picturing Our Past: National Register Sites in Westchester County. Westchester County, NY: Westchester County Historical Society.)

The park was acquired in 1925.   Parts of the park were were constructed by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). One picnic shelter was built in 1942.


Trails:

This is primarily a recreation area with ballfields and what-not. There is some woods around the various picnic areas and ballfields, but not really that much (not very deep). Local people walk their dogs (off-leash even though the sign clearly says "on leash," but who obeys the laws these days anyway).

9/03/02  -- headed north through the picnic area and picked up a trail  that went north a little ways and then east to connect with a path going north straight out of the dumping area; this path heads north then east, south and west to bring the hiker back (this time to a big picnic pavilion not far from the eastern playground for children).

It is hoped that a east-west corridor route would extend from the Croton Aqueduct Trail in the west and head through Taxter Ridge to East Irvington Preserve, then follow a proposed “escarpment” trail to a link with the Rumbrook, Ridge Road Park, Harts Brook Park, the Greenburgh Nature Center, and finally the Bronx River Parkway.

(Source:   The Greening of Greenburgh, 1973 to 2003. The Aquisition of Wildlife Habitat and Protection of the Environment, by William Lawyer, Executive Director Greenburgh Nature Center.
http://216.239.39.104/search?q=cache:9HzdHFLBoaIJ:www.greenburghny.com/FCpdf/Greening%2520of%2520Greenburgh.pdf+%22East+Irvington+Nature+Preserve%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8)


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
dates = dates plants found in bloom


Trees:
Acer japonica (Japanese maple)
Acer platanoides (Norway maple) 4/14/99
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash) 4/14/99
Fraxinus pensylvanica (green ash)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Magnolia sp. (saucer magnolia) 4/14/99 -- planted
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Phellodendron amurense (amur corktree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus sp. (crab apple)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Rhamnus frangula (European buckthorn)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Taxus sp. (yew)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Amelanchier sp. (shadbush) planted
Aronia sp. (chokeberry) planted
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Buddleja davidii (butterfly bush) 8/11/03
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Corylus sp. (hazel)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus) -- lots and lots
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex glabra (inkberry) planted
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 4/14/99
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Lonicera sp. (honeysuckle)
Rhododendron sp. (rhododendron)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (male-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (hairy arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (smooth arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)
Viburnum sieboldii (Siebold's viburnum) -- lots of it
Viburnum trilobum (cranberry viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle) 4/14/99

Vines:
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelain berry)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Euonymus fortunii (Fortune's euonymus)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Humulus japonicus (Japanese hops)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Sicyos angulatus (one-seeded cucumber)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Herbs:
Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common mugwort)
Arctium minus (lesser burdock) 8/11/03
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) 9/03/02
Bidens frondosa (beggar ticks)
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse) 4/14/99
Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh) -- big area of it
Centaurea (jacea)? (brown knapweed)? 8/11/03
Chenopodium album (pigweed) 9/03/02
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower) 8/11/03
Convallaria majalis (lily-of-the-valley) ?
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 8/11/03
Draba verna (whitlow grass) 4/14/99
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/14/99
Eupatorium fistulosum (trumpetweed) 8/11/03
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset) 9/03/02
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum canadense (white avens) 8/11/03
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed) 8/11/03 9/03/02
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco lobelia) 9/03/02
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Mimulus ringens (monkey flower)
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel) 8/11/03 9/03/02
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra) 4/14/99 -- planted
Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) 8/11/03
Pilea pumila (clearweed) 8/11/03
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum pubescens (hairy true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 8/11/03 9/03/02
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed) 8/11/03 9/03/02
Polygonum hydropiperoides (mild water pepper) 8/11/03
Polygonum pensylvanicum (pink smartweed) 9/03/02
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed) 8/11/03 9/03/02
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 8/11/03 9/03/02
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solidago rugosa (rough-stemmed goldenrod) 9/03/02 soon
Stellaria media (chickweed)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 4/14/99 9/03/02
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)
Trifolium repens (white clover) 8/11/03 9/03/02
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sp. (violet)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Cyperus esculentus or umbellata (nut or umbrella flatsedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)

Grasses:
Cinna arundinacea (wood reedgrass)
Digitaria sanguinalis (hairy crab grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass) 4/14/99

Ferns:
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Athyrium filix-femina f. rubella (red-stiped lady fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)