“I am aware of the effort,” said state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, whose district includes Newburyport. “And I have said that I will write a letter of support and help in other ways.”
O’Connor Ives said that the Department of Conservation and Recreation has been active in the effort, and will continue to provide support.
The DCR recently awarded the association $16,000 in matching funds for restoration of the pond. In addition to the $16,000, the association has raised about $8,000 for the upcoming stage.
“This grant will start Phase 2 of the restoration,” said state Rep. Mike Costello, D-Newburyport, in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the pond returned to its historic significance.”
Still, dredging costs could reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, so with warm weather coming the association is restarting its fundraising engines.
“There is great love for the park,” said Terry Berns, president of the association. “We’ve had generous support in the past, and I think those who enjoy Maudslay will continue to get behind the pond project.”
Berns said the pond was once clear with a white sand bottom, and filled with fish and frogs. The goal is to restore the pond to its former condition, so today’s visitors can “reach back to a bygone era of quiet beauty.”
Information about how to provide financial support can be found at the group’s website: www.maudslayassociation.org.