Alley Pond Park
Alley Pond Park extends from Little Neck Bay to Springfield Boulevard and Union Turnpike, this 657-acre park is the second largest in Queens New York.
It consists of an environmental center, baseball and football fields, hiking trails, a dog run, and a first-come, first-serve adventure course. The origin of “The Alley” name is still debated, but it is rumored that travelers – such as George Washington – passed through the park on their way to Long Island.
Alley Pond Park is a great spot to catch wildlife in its natural habitat. Because the park occupies part of a terminal moraine – a ridge of sand and rock formed by a glacier 15,000 years ago – it is supplied with fresh water formed from melted ice, while saltwater also comes into the park from Little Neck Bay. The supplies of water accommodate a rich biodiversity; Alley Pond is made up of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, tidal flats, forests, and meadows.
More than 300 species of birds call Alley Pond home, and you can observe nesting and migration patterns here every autumn. During the spring, animals of all species levels begin hatching and foraging for food. The Alley Pond Environmental Center hosts tours of the park as well as family programs. The Center, right along the shore of the Little Neck Bay, is where to go to learn more about the diverse wildlife thriving in Queens, tucked away from the bustling traffic of Northern Boulevard
Where is the oldest tree in Queens?
The oldest tree in Queens is also the older tree in New York City, it's a tulip tree in Alley Pond Park. The Alley Pond Giant also referred to as the Queens Giant is a 133-foot-tall poplar with an estimated age of 450 years.
Are dogs allowed in Alley Pond Park?
Yes, Dogs are allowed in Alley Pond Park but they must be on a leash at all times, There are designated off-leash areas.