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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

  • Thu
    Isolated Showers
    79°F
  • Fri
    Chance Showers
    75°F
  • Sat
    Slight Chc Showers
    77°F
  • Sun
    Sunny
    79°F

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