KENNEDY-DELLS PARK
Rockland County, NY
177 acres

This is a hemlock gorge along with fields and a dump/waste area.  There are a number of soccer and baseball fields here also.


Directions:

New York State Thruway to Exit 13N, Palisades Interstate Parkway. North to Exit 11, New Hempstead Rd. Turn Right at end of ramp onto New Hempstead Rd. Go about 1/2 mile and then turn left onto Phillips Hill Rd., just after 1st traffic light. Take Phillips Hill Rd 2 mi (through 1 light) to the end and turn left onto North Main St. Take North Main St for 1/2 mi, then left into Park (across from Blue Jay Circle). Parking is at North Main Street entrance

miles frm Hastings-on-Hudson:
US 87
15.2 miles exit 13  for the Palisades Parkway
17  exit 10 Nanuet
19.1 exit  11  New City
20.8 exit 12  Route 45
right turn onto Coklin Road
left turn  Buena Vista Road
left turn  Old Phillips Hill Road
across to  W. Phillips Hill Road
right turn  Main Street  (just before Haverstraw Road) - turn left into the park entrance


History:

The property was once owned by the famous movie producer Adolph Zukor.

A native of Hungary, Zukor rose to become a Hollywood legend and institution. Adolph Zukor ruled Paramount Studios with an iron hand for decades, forming alliances with such other powerful and influential figures like Jesse L. Lasky and Cecil B. de Mille. He began in motion pictures in 1903. He imported the landmark Sarah Bernhardt film Queen Elizabeth (Eclipse, 1912) for American audiences. The enthusiastic response convinced him to devote his immense energies to full film producing capabilities. As a smooth and shrewd entrepreneur, he hit upon the idea that would draw audiences to his films by creating his Famous Players Company. He tapped into the talented pool of famous stage performers to grace his films.

He served as the powerful president of Paramount for many years and survived frequent management changes (which happen quite frequently in Hollywood). His influence was so keen, even when he stepped down from active involvement, he retained honorary Chairman of the Board status until his death in 1976 at age 103. Some of the stars to pass through the Paramount gates of Adolph Zukor were Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, Antonio Moreno, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, J. Warren Kerrigan, H.B. Warner, Ernest Torrence, Betty Bronson, William Collier, Jr., and Wallace Beery, to name a few

Remains of a bridge across Crum Creek to the teahouse still exist.

1969  -- 80 acres purchased.

1975  --  97 acres added.


TRAILS:

You can make a circular walk by traveling west on the gravel road, then north at the first right turn (the red trail).  Keep following this trail along the perimeter of the park.  You will pass the Eleanor Burlingham Tree Nursery 1913-1991 ("Live by her example; love the earth with all its creatures and be its good steward.") with lots of white pine, Pinus sylvestris and spruces. You will parallel a golf course.  Then a black top path takes you on the ridge above the Crum Creek hemlock gorge.  The path parallels this creek heading south.  The reddish brown crumbling rock indicates that this is not the Highlands of Rockland County, but the Newark Basin of  Rockland County.  There was once a bridge here that the black-top road went over.  The ramparts and supports are still up, but the road is now gone. Turn left here and the path will travel east and south following the fitness course trail back to near the soccer field and the parking lot.  


PLANT LIST
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
date = plants found in bloom


Trees:
Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple)
Acer platanoides (Norway maple) -- lots and lots
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 4/29/98
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Picea sp. (spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Pinus sylvestris (scotch pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Prunus sp. (cherry tree) 4/29/98
Pyrus malus (apple tree) 4/29/98
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Salix sp. (willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) 4/29/98
Tsuga canadensis (hemlock)
Ulmus americanum (American elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spice bush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honey suckle) 4/29/98
Rhodotypos scandens (jetbead)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honey suckle)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Actaea alba (doll's eyes)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 4/29/98
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Artemesia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 4/29/98
Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse)
Chelidonium majus (celandine) 4/29/98
Conopholis americana (squaw root)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 4/29/98
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Lamium purpureum (purple dead nettle) 4/29/98
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Matricaria matricarioides (pineapple weed) 4/29/98
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)
Polygonatum biflorum (true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum virginiana (jumpseed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil) 4/29/98 yellow flower
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf buttercup)
Rumex acetosella (sheep sorrel) 4/29/98
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Senecio vulgaris (common groundsel) 4/29/98
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 4/29/98
Thlaspi arvense (field pennycress) 7/29/98
Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Veronica peregrina (purslane speedwell) 4/29/98
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 4/29/98
Viola sp. (wood violet)
 

Grasses:
Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Poa pratensis (Kentucky blue grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Athyrium filix-femina f. rubella (red-stiped lady fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)