BLACK BROOK PARK
Kenilworth, Union County, NJ


Directions:

Exit Garden State Parkway exit 138.  Travel west on Route 509.  Michigan Avenue and 14th Street go north/south between east/west Route 22 (strip development here) and Route 509. Off 14th Street, there is parking at North 15th Street by house number 441. The park goes from North 15th Street east to Michigan Avenue. Both streets can be approached either from Route 22 or Route 509 (parallel and south of Route 22).


Habitats:

lawns, Shallcross Pond, woods


Facilities:

two baseball diamonds, soccer field, picnic table


Trails:

There is no trail per se, but one can walk from 14th Street to Michigan Avenue. Shallcross Pond with dam and outflowing ditch; sports facilities to the right; approaching Michigan Avenue; there is a water tower on the right uphill (no trespassing). Across from Michigan Avenue is the Galloping Hill Golf Course.

The Hagstrom map of Essex County indicates there is public land connecting Black Brook Park to Lenape Park and Nomahegan Park, but Essex County has no connecting trails. Someone should get the ball rolling and get connecting trails constructed tying together Lenape, Nomahegan, and Black Brook parks.


PLANT LIST:

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, November 29, 2003


Trees:
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Picea spp. (spruce) planted
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus sp. (black berry)

Vines:
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Ranunculus sp. (buttercup) lots of it in the ditch
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)