SOUTHINGTON - Town Council member Dawn Miceli announced at Monday‚Äôs meeting that Curtiss Pond has been rehabilitated and that people will once more be able to fish there.
Miceli said the Curtiss Family open space parcel is a ‚Äúbeautiful‚ÄĚ 35-acre property that the town purchased in 2000.
‚ÄúThe natural features on it are remarkable and include a pond for fishing,‚ÄĚ said Miceli. ‚ÄúThe large field on the site also lends itself to bird watching. There is also an established trail that runs through the wooded portion of the property.‚ÄĚ
Miceli said the Open Space Committee commissioned professional clearing of the brush around the pond as the brush was slowly encroaching on it and diminishing the access way to the water source.
‚ÄúIt is imperative with all of our open space parcels to keep an eye on them in order to help sustain the flora and fauna and be good stewards of the property,‚ÄĚ said Miceli. ‚ÄúI think our residents will be surprised to learn that there is yet another water hole in town in which to fish.‚ÄĚ
Assistant Town Planner David Lavallee said restoration work at the pond involved clearing brush along three access points. He said this will make fishing there ‚Äúquite a bit easier.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe pond is a man-made spring-fed farm pond from around the 1940s to ‚Äô50s,‚ÄĚ said Lavallee. ‚ÄúOver time, the pond edges have ‚Äėslumped‚Äô and it would be good for the overall health of the pond to do some maintenance dredging. Some talk of pursuing a grant for the work has come up as the site is a great recreational resource given the water and open fields.‚ÄĚ
Miceli noted that the site also has a historic component. Rev. Jeremiah Curtiss first purchased the property in the early 18th century for his family farm. For this reason, the Curtiss family parcel will likely be a featured stop on a tour of historic open spaces that the Open Space Committee is planning for Oct. 13 starting at 10 a.m. More details about that tour will be announced as the event gets closer, Miceli said Monday.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.