The park's very name signifies the important role water plays in Branch Brook Park.
Or you might say there's water all about Branch Brook Park.
A tributary of the First River, the Branch Brook meanders aboveground through much
of the north-south length of the park, occasionally collecting into larger bodies
of water, most prominently the grand Branch Brook Lake in the Southern and Middle
Divisions. Then there's also Clark's Pond in the Middle Division and the Northern
Division's gems -- the Midwood, Edgewood, Meadow, and Upper Pools.
There's the Second River that flows the length of the extension in its elaborate
channelized bed, a 1930's hydro-engineering decision. Hydrologist (water expert)
or history buff you probably didn't know that even the park's name is informed by
the area's waterways. The park's namesake, the Branch Brook, drains into the First
River, which then flows underground into the Passaic River below the Clay Street
View the Cultural Landscape Report, Volume 3: Hydrology, Infrastructure and Historic
Fabric | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.