CB5 supports historic designation for reservoir
by Patrick Kearns
Mar 13, 2017 | 2170 views | 1 1 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Board 5 voted unanimously to support adding the Ridgewood Reservoir to the National Register of Historic Places at its monthly board meeting last week.

“It puts another layer of protection on the Ridgewood Reservoir,” said Steven Fiedler, chair of the board’s Parks Committee. “If we can get them to put it on the National Registry of Historic Places, that means they could never touch it again and it has to stay nature.”

It would also open the Highland Park site up to federal grants for improvements such as pathways, elevators, and bridges.

The 19th century-era Ridgewood Reservoir provided water to Brooklyn, but became obsolete once the city began getting its water from the Catskills in 1936

Over time, nature took over and the site became a wetland. It was decommissioned by the Department of Environmental Conservation in 1990, and in 2004 it was given to the Parks Department.

There was talk of it being filled in to construct athletic fields, but now the Parks Department is committed to preserving the space and supports the historic designation.

“Parks is fully committed to preserving the dam as natural open space,” a spokesperson said.

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March 14, 2017
Parks is already maintaining a wildflower garden. The only thing that needs to be done is the unfinished stairway closest to Cypress Avenue. The DOT is doing some interesting repair work under the Jackie Robinson bridge so that nothing will hit your head when you go there. Keeping a close eye on litter is important. Pathways, elevators, and bridges are more than what is necessary. An excellent handicapped ramp is already available. The people making these suggestions should be watched closely. If Mr. Snediker were alive today, he might use drones to seed the area with some colorful plants. Large plants may not get enough rain. Start out with small colorful plants. Kudos to all the people that were involved in the most recent reconstruction project.