RIVERSIDE PARK
Farmingdale Road (near Fieldstone Pl.), Wayne Township, Passaic County, NJ


Directions:

Rte. 80 or 46 to Rte. 23 N. Exit onto Jackson Avenue (McDonald's). Exit Right and go 1/4 mile to first Right turn onto Farmingdale Road. the first park is Kid's Kingdom and the second park is Sheffield Park (0.5 of a mile down).  Park along side the road.

From Hastings on Hudson: US 87 25.0 miles to US 287 south, Exit 15; at cumulative 40.0 miles get off at exit 53 for Route 23 south; drive 1.8 miles and use the jughandle for the left turn onto Jackson Avenue; Jackson Avenue turns into Pompton Crossing Road after passing from Morris County to Passaic County; drive 0.3 of a mile and turn right  onto Farmingdale Road; the first park is Kid's Kingdom and the second park is Sheffield Park (0.5 of a mile down).  Park along side the road.


History:

Last time I was here, 04/18/1996, the place was called Sheffield Park.


Habitats:

Sheffield Brook.  There is the river and a tow-path like path that goes quite a distance and connects the two parks.


Facilities:

basketball court, slide, swings and a bench


Trails:

4/18/96.  I write this 5/21/2005 remembering as much as I can about the previous visit.  This was a serendipitous find.  I did not even realize where I was at the time.  I just saw the park sign, stopped and ran through the area quickly because my wife and son were with me and tired of botanizing/walking.  I remember it being terribly cut up with many turns and curves. 

This trip stayed in my mind for the longest time because I could not find any mentions of Sheffield Park elsewhere, such as on the web.  I began to wonder if there actually was a Sheffield Park.   Always in the back of my mind, I hoped I would make it back out to the area.  That is when I realized that the Sheffield name was take out and the place just called Riverside Park. 

5/21/2005.  Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I  walked through the recreation part of the park to get to the other trails.  This place has really been sectionalized by all the ATV and biking activity.  There seem to be three roughly parallel trails.  The first one we came upon was very straight and is probably the old Morris Canal tow path (complete with the water ditch on the side).  The middle trail was much more curved and unruly.  The third trail goes along the river.  We kept switching between the latter two trails.  We walked down to a pond on the left and then turned around. 


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
dates = plants blooming on dates of field trips, 4/18/96 and 5/21/05


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple) 4/18/96
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula nigra (river birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)  5/21/05 
Pyrus sp. (apple) 
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Taxus baccata (yew)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum? (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)  5/21/05
Forsythia sp. (forsythia) 4/18/96
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)  5/21/05
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis( black raspberry)
Staphylea trifolia (bladdernut)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Dioscorea villosa (wild yam root)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax sp. (greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)  5/21/05
Allium tricoccum (wild ramps)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed)
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) 4/18/96  5/21/05
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane)  5/21/05
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/18/96
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Galanthus nevale (snow drops)  5/21/05
Galium aparine (cleavers)  5/21/05
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)  5/21/05
Geum sp. (avens)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Hydrophyllum virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Osmorhiza longistylis (aniseroot)  5/21/05
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonatum biflorum (smooth true Solomon's seal)  --  lots
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved crowfoot) 
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Thalictrum dioicum (early meadowrue)
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle) 
Veronica arvensis (corn speedwell)  *
Viola sp. (violet)

Sedges:
Carex crinita (fringed sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Grasses:
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass)

Ferns:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Matteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)