Briant Park
Briant Parkway, Summit and Springfield, Union County, NJ


Directions:

US 78; get off at Exit 43; you will be on Glenside Road; right turn onto Mountain Avenue; follow the signs to Route 78 east; go under Route 78; turn left onto Route 527; pass by the entrance to Watchung Reservation; turn left and get onto Morris Avenue; turn right onto Shunpike Road; you will see the sign for the park; left turn onto Briant Parkway; park any where on the right side of the road parallel to the park. One can also park on Route 527 (Springfield Avenue) at the next right turn at north end of park.


Description:

November 29, 2003. The park has a pond on the north side of the park. There is an asphalt walking path around the area. There is a lot of open lawn, but there is a small swatch of natural area.


History:

The pond was once known as Spring Lake.


Facilities:

walk path; parcourse fitness path


Trails:

12/22/04.  My brother-in-law and I walked around the area.  From Orchard Street the path heads northeast to go almost all the way around the  lake in the north section of the path near Springfield Avenue.  The path hooks up with another loop trail this one in the eastern section of the park.  The eastern loop takes the walker to the bridge over the stream that feeds into the pond.  The path then heads back down to Orchard Street. This is a nice place for a pleasant walk or jog and there are some natural areas as in the center of the eastern loop and around the lake and stream.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, * = blooming on date of the field trip, 12/22/04.


Trees:
Acer negundo (ash-leaf maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus sp. (ash)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix sp. (matsudana)? (corkscrew willow) ? planted
Salix sp. (willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus sp. (euonymus)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Taxus sp. (yew)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster spp. (aster)
Cirsium vulgaris (bull thistle)
Epilobium sp. (willowherb)
Hibiscus moscheutos (swamp rose mallow)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Potentilla canadensis (dwarf cinquefoil)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solanum spp. (goldenrod)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena hastata (blue vervain)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Rushes:
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Grasses:
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)