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.
This section of the park (located in the most northern section of the park near River Road) was designated an Arboretum in 2002.
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.
Many trees have labels on them (most are placed high on the trees) with the common and scientific name of the tree.
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.
Feel free to comment below with any bird sightings, interesting plants, memories or suggestions! Thank you and have fun exploring!