I joined Colin O’ Sullivan for a walk in a woodland located on the south shore on Nassau County. It is called Grant Park, a large recreation site. Colon has been interested in this open space and the possibility of introducing and enhancing native plant species.
From the edge, it looks like non-native species have had a field day. Most obvious is ragweed (also called mugwort). With this greeting, my instinct told me that I was about to encounter another place that looks like nothing compared to a century ago.
The major use of this park is sports. There are fields for tennis, soccer, baseball, track, swimming, and skateboarding. A trail runs through “Colon’s Preserve” ( my designation) which runners and bikers use. I don’t understand why this section of the park was left undeveloped. Colon has visited several times and has adopted it. He alone, wants to transform it, a daunting task. To remove the invasives and keep them out is herculean.