NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Local News

March 29, 2014

'It can be such a beautiful spot'

Maudslay volunteers aim to restore pond to former glory

NEWBURYPORT — Maudslay State Park is one of the most revered resources in this community, and a band of volunteers is accelerating its efforts to clean and enhance the park’s flowering reflection pond so it can retain its historic beauty.

“The pond needs work,” said Marlys Edwards, who heads a restoration committee of the Maudslay State Park Association. “Trees and branches have fallen into the pond, and it has filled with sludge now that it is in a stagnant state.

“It can be such a beautiful spot and we hope to bring together the resources to improve its condition.”

Maudslay covers about 450 acres on the bank of the Merrimack River.

The park was created from the estate of Frederick Strong Moseley, the son of Edward Strong Moseley (1813-1889), a wealthy Boston banker and a leading citizen in the city. In 1985, the property was acquired by the state Department of Environmental Management. It offers parking, and in season, visitors can find some of the most colorful bushes, flowers and fruit trees on the North Shore.

The park offers scores of trails for hikers, bikers, naturalists and horse riders.

But time doesn’t stand still for century-old ponds and the three-arc bridge that goes over it.

Association members say that bridge must be strengthened. Stonework, both above and below the water line, has fallen off and deteriorated. So one of next steps is to obtain bids for the actual restoration work for the bridge.

The attention that the pond needs is more complex.

Water runoff and flooding rains have carried sediment and nutrients into the pond. Because the water is not moving, the lack of oxygen has affected native plants and other aquatic life.

With warm weather coming, association members are reaching out to state officials and to private donors for financial help for dredging, stone work and other projects.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape
Special Features