Bunker Ponds Park consists of approximately thirty-two acres of natural habitat. It is located in the neighborhood of Huguenot, across from Intermediate School 7. The park is bordered by the streets of Hylan Boulevard, Huguenot sign1_400Avenue, Arbutus Avenue, and Chester Avenue, close to the Raritan Bay waterfront.

In 1896, William T. Davis and Charles W. Leng studied the area of the park for a map. On the map they referred to the area as Bunker Hill. While studying the area, they found many artifacts, such as arrowheads and spear points which determined that the area used to be part of a Lenape Indian settlement. In the late 20th century, the local community wanted to preserve the natural woodlands of this area and keep it free of development. After the local residents asked the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to take over the site, the Department of Real Property allocated this area to them in December of 1994.

Intermediate School 7, which is located at 1270 Huguenot Avenuepond1-1_400, now uses this park as part of its science enrichment program. Since the park is composed of woodland and swamplands it contains many different species of plants and animals that students can see in their natural habitat. Some of the plants which inhabit the park are maples and oaks, while the fauna consists mostly of, but are not limited to, mallard and wood ducks. Along with the woods and the swamps, this park also has a kettle pond in the center of it. The pond alone has different species of fish and plants in it for students to observe.

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