LANCE CORPORAL RALPH VALT MEMORIAL PARK
Wayne Township, Passaic County, NJ


Directions:

This park is near the Preakness Valley Park. Take US 80 west to exit 55B, for Union Boulevard north, Totowa. Within a short drive turn left on Crews Road. At the stop sign, go straight which connect the driver to Totowa Road. You will pass the entrance for the Dey Mansion is on the right. Turn right at the light after passing the Dey Mansion in Preakness Valley Park. Then take the next right for Valley Road. Turn right onto Hamilton Road. At the end of Hamilton Road is a locked gate. Park on the residential street.

This isn't much of a park. Basically it is just a soccer field next to the small Singac brook.

This park does have a natural area along the brook. But the whole area is sandwiched between the Preakness Valley Golf Course on one side and lots of residential houses on the other. Just another forgotten and abuse natural area.

The day we were there, a young kid was learning how to abuse natural areas by riding his motorized dirt bike in circles on the flood plain. All this under the watchful eyes of his father with walking their yellow Labrador dog.


PLANT LIST
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer negundo (box-elder maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple) 4/1/00
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix sp. (willow) 4/1/00
Salix sp. (willow) 4/1/00
Taxus canadensis (American yew)
Ulmus sp. (elm) 4/1/00

Shrubs:
Alnus sp. (alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 4/1/00
Lonicera sp. (honeysuckle bush)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Vines:
Hedera helix (English holly)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Apocynum sp. (Indian hemp type)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Barbarea sp. (wintercress)
Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort) 4/1/00 soon -- lots of it
Cardamine hirsuta (hairy bittercress) 4/1/00
Catalpa sp. (catalpa) 1
Chelidonium majus (celandine)
Claytonia virginiana (spring beauty) 4/1/00
Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley?) lots and lots of it.
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/1/00
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Rumex obtusifolius (round-leaved cock)
Ornithogallum umbellatum (star of Bethlehem) or just crocus? Dark green lvs w/ white mid-stripe.
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
?? a lily type plant with red lvs speckled with yellow, prob. horticultural

Grasses:
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)