During a conversation with Woodhaven's Walter Steffens, he mentioned a pond in Forest Park that he used to go to when he was just a boy. That would have been in the late 1940s or so. It was interesting where he said the pond was located as it's been right under our noses all along.
The spot he mentioned is a fenced-in area near (a) Oak Ridge, the former golf house in Forest Park; (b) the Circle where people used to fly airplanes; (c) the long parking lot for the Golf Course. Here is a map of the location, I have outlined the area where the pond used to be in red:
We entered this fenced-in area about 2 or 3 years ago but left pretty quickly. There is a very steep drop and it didn't seem all that safe. Besides, it just looked like a fenced in area, untended, unkempt -- nothing worth paying much attention to. As it turns out, we were wrong. We really should pay better attention to everything.
We walked past again this morning to take a few pictures -- here's a view some of you would be familiar with as the golf parking lot is on the right:
The area at left, the fenced-in area is what we were interested in. There are a few breaches in the fence (some from where falling trees took down a section) but we were content to take pictures from over the fence - it isn't that high and it would give us a good view of the entire "former pond." And from the looks of it, it was kind of deep!
You can see the steep banks of the pond which must have been drained (or dried up naturally) sometime long ago. When? We don't know, but we have started to do a little research. For example, this 1951 overhead shot is interesting - and appears to show the water, though it's hard to tell the difference between the water and the trees.
Another part of our research is that we hope by posting this, someone out there will remember this pond and give us some details.
It would be nice if something could be done with this piece of land. Could it be turned back into a small pond? Maybe it could be filled in -- with some trees and grass and benches it could be a nice quiet area to sit. It's a nice sized piece of land, measuring over 500 feet by 200.
Here are a few more pictures from this morning: