CT’s Edgewood Duck Pond Reborn
May 23, 2012
New Haven Independent: After a $300,000 overhaul, a revamped Edgewood Park duck pond is ready to welcome migrating terns, herons, egrets, alewives—and one lucky turtle.
Thanks to a project 20 years in the making, the pond near the corner of Chapel Street and Ella T. Grasso Boulevard has been transformed by a new elevated berm, two footbridges, new paths, a canoe launch and a new flood plain.
It’s part of a $1 million project to restore 80 acres of tidal wetlands in the city. The centerpiece of the plan is the replacement of three ancient one-way gates on the West River with new two-way tidal gates. The new portals will allow water from the sound to flow upstream with the tide, creating a new marshy habitat where dry riverbanks now exist.