ELIZABETH RIVER PARK
Union, Hillside and Elizabeth, Union County, NJ


A greenway that follows the river most of the way through the county.


Directions:

New Jersey Turnpike south to exit 13A.  Get onto Route 439 heading west.  From Route 439, North Avenue, near Keane University turn left onto Riverside Drive; first right turn (onto Greenwood Terrace); left onto Lakeview Drive and park. 


History:

1993  --  Elizabeth authorities found more than a ton of marijuana growing in three fields in Elizabeth River Park.


Facilities:

7 acre Ursino section of the Elizabeth River Park

Lightning Brook Section of Elizabeth River Park


Trails:

01/16/2005.  With Rosemary, Cefe, dog Sonar and I, we parked on Lakeview Drive and walked over to the berm along the Elizabeth River.  If you head south, the river heads into a world of tall concrete walls and highly urbanized areas.  Cefe stayed by the car and Rosemary and Sonar only followed me a short ways.  Turned around and walked north, crossed Route 429 (North Avenue) and walked along the Elizabeth River between the river and a fence along the university property.  The berm petered out on this side of the road.  The informal trail heads parallel with the river.  On the right behind the fence are the university ball fields. The trail is rather wet and in several places there are puddles in the path and one is often caught between water on the left and on the right the stickers of the multiflora rose plants.  When the fence finally petered out the area opened up into a large park with ball fields and a playground area.  This park is on Conant Street.  I should have turned around to go back the way I came but I thought Conant Street would take me back to North Street more quickly.  It did take me out to North Avenue but heading east instead of west.  So I had a long walk back to the car.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney. 


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, * = blooming on date of the field trip, 01/17/2005.


Trees:
Acer negundo (ash-leaf maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple) 
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow) 

Shrubs:
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) *
Ligustrum sp. (privet) 
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle) 
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet) 
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Aster spp. (aster)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) 
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Plantago major (common plantain) 
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Grasses:
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)