Warinanco Park
St. George's Avenue, Elizabeth/Roselle, Union County, NJ
204 acres


Directions:

From North:

New Jersey Turnpike south to exit 13; keep bearing to the right and you end up on Bayway (Route 439); head straight for about 1.2 miles and at the Coastal and Shell gas stations turn left onto Route 27; drive past the Iris Pub near Hagel Street and drive 0.4 of a mile and turn right into the park across from the Coliseum Diner.    There are number parking areas within the park. 


History:

Warinanco refers to an Indian who sold land to settlers.

The City’s most extensive park.

1921 --creation of the Union County Park System, first president Henry Summers Chatfield (1864-1933), memorialized with a stone bench in Warinanco Park’s tulip garden.

1923 --  the noted landscape design firm, Olmsted Associates (founded by Frederick Law Olmsted [1822-1903], the designer of Central Park in NYC among many other projects) completes plans for "Elizabeth Park" in Union County, NJ, now Warinanco Park.

(Source: Elizabeth Through the Ages. http://hsenj.ndi.net/timeline.htm)


Facilities:

bicycle path, boating (row boats and pedal boats rented on an hourly basis), skating center (home to Westfield High School ice hockey team), tennis courts and running track; winding trails, huge trees, flower gardens, ice skating rink, track, fitness course, tennis courts, football, soccer and baseball fields; kids’ playgrounds, and a water spray for children in the summer.

There are beautiful views of green fields, and nearby flows the Elizabeth River.

Azalea Garden, located just north of the Warinanco Park Administration Building

Henry S. Chatfield Memorial Garden

Fitness trail

The garden is dedicated to the memory of Caxton Brown of Summit (1879-1952) An effective leader in creating the Union County Park Commission by referendum vote of the people, member of the original commission, its president for eleven years, wise, forceful, talented, inspiring.  Her served continuously 1921 to 1952. 


Trails:

01/16/2005.  Did not stay long even though this is a large park with lots of ballfields.  Did not see any natural areas.  There is a road that completely encircles the inside of the park with lots of cars going very fast.  (How about some speed bumps guys?)  There is a memorial garden with lots of planted exotic trees and shrubs. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, * = blooming on date of the field trip, 01/17/2005.


Trees:
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Magnolia spp. (magnolia) planted
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus sp. (pine)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus spp. (cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Pieris sp. (andromeda) planted
Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron) planted
Rhododendron spp. (azalea)
Taxus sp. (yew)

Herbs:
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)