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Exploring Teaneck’s Phelps Park Arboretum!


Phelps Park

Phelps Park

Teaneck’s Phelps Park is a beautiful manicured 15.71 acre urban park that many consider to be one of the finest jewels in the Teaneck park system.

Phelps Park with wetlands shown near bottom right

Map of Phelps Park with wetlands highlighted near bottom

A small estimated .46 of an acre south of the Aboretum is remnant wetlands, which is most unusual to find in an urban park.  At one time a stream flowed through this area on the way to the Hackensack River.

The park boasts many fine amenities typical of urban parks such as baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, picnic area and a swimming pool. But the feature that stands out is the 1 acre Arboretum. Phelps Park is the only park in Teaneck’s park system to feature an Arboretum.

Arboretum Area

Arboretum Area Phelps Park

This section of the park (located in the most northern section of the park near River Road) was designated an Arboretum in 2002.

Arboretum

Bench in Phelps Park Arboretum

It makes sense for this park to contain an arboretum. It is named after William Phelps who once owned half of Teaneck and was fond of planting trees.

The Arboretum features an estimated 150 trees. Most of the trees consist of varieties of Oak such as Red Oak, Scarlet Oak, and White Oak.  Other trees include:

Gray Birch

Gray Birch Phelps Park

Many trees have labels on them (most are placed high on the trees) with the common and scientific name of the tree.

Black Cherry

Black Cherry Phelps Park

Phelps park is heavily used by FDU students (FDU is located right across the street from the park) and local residents and is worth a look for those interested in a museum of trees.

Phelp's Park

Phelps Park

Feel free to comment below with any bird sightings, interesting plants, memories or suggestions! Thank you and have fun exploring!

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Check out these great books on urban trees!

The Urban Tree Book

City Trees: A Historical Geography from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century

Urban Arboreal: A Modern Glossary of City Trees