Black's Nook Restoration Project
The Fresh Pond Reservation Master Plan identifies reconstruction and stabilization of the degraded shoreline of Black’s Nook as a very high priority. In response, this restoration project aims to increase wildlife habitat value and water quality by fostering native wetland and woodland plant communities and stabilizing the shoreline with native vegetation, coir logs, and erosion control matting.
In order to enhance the use of the pond as a natural resource study area for children, the plan includes a redesigned woodland trail using porous pavement, observation platforms, and an elevated wooden path. A created vernal pool will also provide important breeding habitat for amphibians and invertebrates. By widening paths and improving the Concord Avenue entrance, this project will allow for universal accessibility while also preserving the sense of wildness that makes Black's Nook unique.
Construction Schedule: Site improvements at Black's Nook began in October 2010 and will be completed by Summer 2011.
Access: Between 7am and 3pm Monday through Friday, the path between Sousa's Rock and Concord Avenue will be closed. To access the Reservation during those times, visitors may use the from Maher Park or the path to Lusitania Meadow.
A shorter trail, an elevated wooden platform, shoreline restoration, and observation platforms improve access to the pond and protect environmentally sensitive resource areas