The Collect Pond — or Fresh Water Pond — was a body of fresh water in what is now Chinatown, lower Manhattan in New York City. For the first two centuries of European settlement in Manhattan, it was the main water supply for the growing city. The former pond became the site of a jail and is now a city park, Collect Pond Park, which includes a pond evocative of its former status.Pond descriptionThe pond occupied approximately 48acre and was as deep as 60ft. Fed by an underground spring, it was located in a valley, with Bayard Mount (at 110ft, the tallest hill in lower Manhattan) to the northeast and Kalck Hoek (Dutch for Chalk Point, named for the numerous oyster shell middens left by the indigenous Native American inhabitants) to the west.A stream flowed north out of the pond and then west through a salt marsh (which, after being drained, became a meadow by the name of "Lispenard Meadows") to the Hudson River, while another stream issued from the southeastern part of the pond in an easterly direction to the East River.In 1542 the French established a fortified trading post on an island in the pond known as Fort d'Anormée Berge (Fort of the Grand Scarp). It is unclear when it was disestablished.Plan your Collect Pond Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in New York City using our New York City trip planner.
Collect Pond Park Reviews
Having an interest in history and knowing the importance that the Collect Pond had in the development of NYC is is great that, unlike a lot of lower Manhattan, the park was created to inform and let..... more »
This former pond was a very important place for early settlers in New York and was their main source of fresh water. It is now lookong a little tired and run down and is frequented by many homeless... more »
It is nice. Nicer during the day. Evening is the time I will not go through it. There are nicer places.
Is under construction at this time but looking great. Cant wait.
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