Carpenter's Pond to undergo restoration

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation owns and maintains about 14 miles of public-use trails in the Town and Village of Cazenovia. The trail around Carpenter's Pond is one of the most visible of these holdings.

In May, with the help of Cazenovia Middle School students, CPF will start its work of restoring the pond and its trails. The students will rake and clear the trails, replace the two benches removed for the construction, and prepare a small sitting area on the pond shore near the pond's outlet.

A year ago, a breach in the dike between Carpenter's Pond and the adjoining outlet canal from Cazenovia Lake necessitated that a large portion of the dike be rebuilt to protect both the pond and the Village storm sewer, which empties into the pond. The water level in Carpenter's Pond was lowered for this construction and kept low to assess the repairs and discourage further tunneling through the dike by beaver and muskrat.

In early summer, CPF will add a small information kiosk and some additional benches, as well as plant some native shrubs along the reconstructed dike. Along the Carpenter Street side of the pond invasive shrubs will be removed. The water level in the pond will be restored to its historic level, once a few minor seeps through the dike are repaired.

The Carpenter's Pond area is enjoyed by a large number of area residents and visitors year-round. Please help CPF maintain this village treasure through your responsible use and enjoyment. If you wish to donate, please send checks to CPF, P.O. Box 627, Cazenovia, N.Y. 13035. To help work on the pond or other projects, contact cpfstaff@verizon.net or call 877-1742.

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