Known today for its luscious greenery and recreational activities Clove Lakes Park is a home buyers dream! Nestled between Grymes Hill and Emerson Hill, Clove Lakes Park derives from the Dutch word, “Kloven” meaning cleft. Clove Lakes Park is the valley and brook between Emerson and Grymes Hills.
In 1683 Governor Thomas Dongan was a bear hunter on the northern section of Staten Island. He owned many acres of land, where he built several dams across Clove Brook resulting in water pressure that was used by local mills to grind grain and saw wood.
By 1863 a newspaper publisher named Erastus Brooks built a large estate and residence in West Brighton at the corner of what is now Forest Avenue and Clove Road. Brooks Pond was created and the Staten Island Water Company bought the rights to use the water from this dam. “In 1921 and 1923 the land around and including Crystal Lake and Brooks Dam was acquired as a city park. Major construction in Clove Lakes Park did not get underway until the early 1930s.”
Staten Island’s largest living tulip tree is located to the north-west of the park. This tree is 107 feet tall and 300 years old, having survived logging when the settlers arrived. You can also find a piece of history throughout the park. Serpentine rock resembling snakeskin was formed over 435-500 million years ago during the Ordovician period.
Find your next home near Cloves Lakes Park today! This neighborhood is primarily made up of medium to small single-family home and apartment buildings.Find your next home near Cloves Lakes Park today! This neighborhood is primarily made up of medium to small single-family home and apartment buildings.
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All historical facts are taken from NYC GOV Parks.