LENAPE PARK
Springfield/Westfield/Cranford, Union County, NJ
450 acres


Directions:

From all points North:
Garden State Parkway South to Exit 138. Bear left at the split in the exit ramp, and make a left turn at the light at the end of the ramp onto Boulevard. Follow Boulevard straight west for approximately 2 miles. The entrance to Lenape Park will be on your right - marked as the Union County Trap & Skeet Range. One can also go farther and turn right onto Nomahegan Drive; go to the end of the road and park. The bike path is straight ahead.

From all points South:
Garden State Parkway to Exit 138, then same as above.

From all points East:
US Route 22 East to exit marked Cranford/Echo Lake Park (this exit is in Springfield, and is directly after a Linens & Things/Bob's Shopping Center).

At the end of the ramp, make a right onto Springfield Avenue. Proceed down Springfield Avenue past the entrance to Echo Lake Park, and shortly thereafter, around a sweeping left turn. At the first light, you'll see a sign for Lenape Park on your left. This is the Westfield entrance to the park. Make a left and proceed to the end of the street. If you'd prefer to start at the skeet range, go straight at the light and follow Springfield Avenue as it curves to the left and becomes Boulevard. The Trap & Skeet Range entrance is 1/4 mile on your left.

From all points West:
US Route 22 East to the Cranford exit (after Computer City in Springfield). Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Springfield Avenue and follow as above.


Geology:

Within the park the Nomahegan Brook and the Lenape Brook go into the Rahway River located in the southeast area of the park.


History:

Much of the current topography of Lenape Park dates back to the late 1970's. The park was re-designed by the Army Corps of Engineers in response to requests from neighboring communities to alleviate periodic flooding of the Rahway River into parts of Cranford, Winfield Park and Rahway. The Army Corps constructed a large cement flood control dam which crosses the Rahway River just upstream of the Kenilworth Boulevard. The blacktopped berms which stretch toward Echo Lake Park in the west and Black Brook Park in the east were constructed at the same time.


Habitats:

Lenape Park consists of wetlands, ponds, rivers, creeks, meadows and forest and is one of the largest undeveloped properties in the Rahway River watershed.


Facilities:

Cranford section: Trap and Skeet shooting ranges; walk/bike path


Trails:

It would be nice if there were a more developed set of trails that would more clearly go through the more natural areas and connect more clearly with other nearby parks, south to Nomahegan Park and also north then west to Black Brook and Galloping Hill Parks.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, November 29, 2003

Picea pungens (Colorado blue spruce) planted
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)