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Forever Wild

Fresh Creek Park Preserve

Borough: Brooklyn

Acres: 92

Habitat Type: Salt Marsh

Map: PDF

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.

Directions

Fresh Creek Park Preserve is not currently accessible to the public.

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