Fresh Creek Park Preserve
Habitat Type: Salt Marsh
Fresh Creek winds gently for half a mile along small salt marsh islands of the Jamaica Bay ecosystem. Of this park’s 56 acres, 42 are open water. Along with neighboring Four Sparrow Marsh and Spring Creek Park, the salt marsh at Fresh Creek Park helps protect the Jamaica Bay ecosystem by acting as a natural filtration system, trapping pollutants that would otherwise contaminate the bay.
The invasive plants common reed (Phragmites australis), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), and (Ailanthus altissima) cover the uplands in Fresh Creek Park, though noteworthy plants such as rock sandwort (Arenaura stricta), Faber’s foxtail (Setaria faberi), and velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) are interspersed throughout.
Fresh Creek Park Preserve is not currently accessible to the public.