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Reed's Basket Willow Swamp Park

Ocean Ter., Emerson Ct., Merrick Ave., Chapin Ave.

Staten Island

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This park’s unusual name is inspired by the Read family, owners of the land for several generations. John Read (1786-1849), started a family tradition when he decided to try his luck at basket making, and planted the swampy land around his farm with purple willow trees. The willow tree buds every spring, at which point it is at the peak condition to be harvested. The sap flowing under the bark makes it easy for farmers to peel the bark off the trunk. After the bark has been removed and soaked in water, it is cut into strips and woven into the distinctive baskets.

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Reed's Basket Willow Swamp Park Weather

  • Sat
    Sunny
    55°F
  • Sun
    Chance Showers
    51°F
  • Mon
    Chance Rain/Snow
    41°F
  • Tue
    Mostly Sunny
    36°F

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