Featured in Nature’s Paintbrush, 24-Aug-2013
Our town, Wayne NJ, has a beautiful nature habitat park. It is called Barbour Pond Park. I discovered it in April 2007 when we were staying at the nearby Marriott Residence Inn due to flooding. On my visits there I have seen blue heron on the pond, killdeer, cowbirds, a red-winged blackbird. Very beautiful, lots of birds and raw nature. There is forest, fields, meadow, swamp, a microcasm of nature to enjoy.
The park has since be renamed, but I think I will always think of it as Barbour Pond Park. It was renamed Dave Waks Memorial Park as a tribute to a former mayor of Wayne who passed away in 2007.
At 103 acres, it is Wayne’s largest developed park. There’s a playground, 3 lighted softball fields, 1 lighted baseball field, three lighted soccer fields, a model airplane flying area and a half mile paved walking path around the fields. The centerpiece of the park is Barbour Pond which features a 1.96 mile hiking trail which encircles the pond.
Barbour Pond was created by impounding part of the 8.9 mile Preakness (Singnac) Brook via the Barbour Pond dam. The brook is a subsidiary of the Passaic River. It’s watershed is located almost entirely in Wayne.
My “Light In the Forest” photo loaded here on Red Bubble was also taken on my hike around the pond at this park.