ROOSEVELT COUNTY PARK
Lafayette Road, Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey
217 acres


Directions:

New Jersey Turnpike south; take Exit 10 (Route 287 North); Route 287 North to Route 1 North; get off at the jug handle for Grand View Avenue; cross over Route 1; turn right into the park on Lafayette Road.  Park or drive ahead to make a left on the main road: Roosevelt Drive.  There are a number of places to park throughout the park.    


History:

Off Lafayette Road there is a statue of a Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) worker leaning his right hand on the top of an ax handle with his left arm akimbo with his shirt off and draped over his left forearm.  The statue was dedicated by the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni, New Jersey Chapter 24, President John Meszaros, Sr.

"This statue is dedicated to the young men who served in the Civilian Conservation Corp from 1933 to 1942 during the Great Depression.  Their conservation work in the forest and parks remains today for all to enjoy."


Habitats:

Eight acre lake, lawns, woods edge


Facilities:

tennis courts (lights), basketball courts, softball field, picnic groves, playgrounds, bike/walkways, lake/fishing. a theatre


Trails:

There is a nature trail that starts from the open picnic grove (the second entrance from Parsonage Road).   There is an asphalt path and, in addition, a white blazed trail goes through the center of the park.

http://co.middlesex.nj.us/parksrecreation/roosevelt.asp

4/01/2005.  Cefe Santana, dog Sonar and I made a automobile tour of Roosevelt County Park.  We went round and round the many loop roads throughout the park.  This is a pretty big park with a lot of lawn, but there are quite a few trees spread throughout the area. There is woods edge separating Roosevelt Drive from the Menlo Park Shopping Center on the east side.  In the most southern area, the lawn surrounded by roads (Pine Drive, Roosevelt Drive, Lafayette Avenue and Grand View Avenue W.) contains the theatre and the CCC statue.  The next road encircled area to the north (Maple Drive, Birch Drive, Roosevelt Drive and Pine Drive) contains Picnic Groves 2A and 2B.  The next area (Oak Drive, Roosevelt Drive and Maple Drive) contains the open grove.  And the most northern road encircled area (Oak Drive, Parsonage Road and Roosevelt Drive) contains Grove 1 and a lake surrounded by the refreshment stand, Lakeview School, tennis courts, the ice skating rink, and Roosevelt Hospital and care center.  One problem and a pet peeve is to have so many roads with so many cars speeding through the park at very fast speeds with little concern for nature or pedestrians.  Here's an idea: restrict auto access and use speed bumps.   Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = plant blooming on the date of the field trip, 4/01/2005


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple) *
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Ilex opaca (American holly)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)

Shrubs:
Rhus sp. (sumac)

Vines:
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Allium vineale (field garlic)

Grasses:
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)