PASCACK BROOK COUNTY PARK
Emerson Road, Westwood, Bergen County
137 acres


Directions:

Tappan Zee Bridge to Exit 13 for Palisades Parkway south. Exit 5, Rt. 303 south. Right turn onto Old Tappan Road west; left turn for Rivervale Road south; and right turn onto Brookside Avenue which turns into Emerson Road. The park entrance is on the right.


History:

The name Pascackl is from Pasaeck, "valley."


Facilities:

Two ball fields, a small lake, picnic area near the lake, and a playground.


Trails:

While the front part of the park is recreational, the back part has been left wild. The trail parallels the southern side of Pascack Brook. There is a lot of garbage in the brook and on the flood plain. There is evidence of a recent large flood because there is till a lot of garbage stuck up in the bushes. This part of the park is in desperate need of a clean-up.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple) 3/26/2000
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Pinus nigra (Austria pine)
Pinus rigida (pitch pine)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus sp. (poplar)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Rhus sp. (sumac)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix discolor (pussy willow) 3/26/2000
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Vines:
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Cardamine hirsuta (hairy bittercress) 3/26/2000
Cirsium sp. (thistle)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Narcissus sp. (daffodils) 3/26/2000
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Solidago spp. (goldenrods)

Grasses:
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)