Webster Duck Pond brings nature to city's Valley

Geese, ducks and birds gather in gaggles at Webster Duck Pond.

Geese, ducks and birds gather in gaggles at Webster Duck Pond. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— One of those improvements is the fish in the pond, which is stocked annually by Elbridge’s Carpenters Brook Hatchery. Allowable fishing is every weekend, on Saturdays, the juniors take to the water for $10 for the season. On Sundays, the adults get their chance for $15 per season. Each Saturday fisherman is entered into a contest with a trophy for the biggest fish at the end of the summer.

Last week, the pond welcomed 22 veterans from the VA Hospital to fish in the pond. They were one of many groups that the pond brings in for fishing and feeding the waterfowl.

They’ve put in memorial benches along the trail that surrounds the pond — much of the trail is closed off to members of the Anglers Association, who has owned the pond since 1960. Once they ran out of space for benches, Chad initiated a memorial brick garden. Dedications, memories and even a marriage proposal adorn the bricks near the water.

The pond is located off Route 173, on Valley Drive. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily.

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