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Monday, July 11, 2016

Jacques Pond Lawrence MA: Not on any map kinda-gem


Jacques Pond in South Lawrence MA - is by far, the most unknown gem in Lawrence. It's not on any map, it's not on any register, no public pictures on the Internet. It's a hidden piece of property owned by the city of Lawrence. So closely guarded is this secret sanctuary, it was just a few years ago I found out it existed. Keep in mind, I'm a 3rd generation Lawrencian and I never knew, but I was born and raised and lived most of my life on Tower Hill near the "RES" (which is on my list to post about) - so maybe that's why.
I'm not even sure how the public would access this little gem. But I'll figure it out.

I'm still digging for information - I am little confused on this gem, it seems to me that if the taxpayers of this city own something - and we asked to clean in on Comcast Clean Lawrence Day  (those that engage in illegal dumping found a way in tho'.) then we should have access to it. Public is not private - right?

Click on the links to read about Jacques Pond there little bits and pieces of information I have found.

Jacques Pond Lawrence Ma Jacques Pond Images - Flicker


Jacques Pond Belongs to the city http://www.valleypatriot.com/2007FEB/2007FEB8-14.pdf

"This is the second year this team has done spring cleaning of the natural open space around the pond as well as the pond itself, since this area was put into custody and
 declared recreational open space for the city. “It is now meant for you and your families to view enjoy and conserve for the future,” wrote Councilor David Abdoo in an e-mail addressed to his constituents." 
RUMBO NEWS page 9

"Jaques Pond Jaques Pond is a small water body located just west of Adams Street in the Mount Vernon neighborhood in South Lawrence. The pond used to be better known but is now largely surrounded by private property with no public access. There is evidence of some dumping adjacent to Adams Street. Jaques Pond is a forgotten landscape that does not appear on most maps and is not listed in the 1997 Open Space and Recreation Plan. There is currently a proposal to develop the South Boylston Street side of the pond, including filling of wetlands." 
ESSEX COUNTY LANDSCAPE INVENTORY

"The Friends of Jacques Pond are currently studying what environmental protections are feasible around the pond by methods that include a zoning change to Open Space Conservation and regulations on storm water management  and snow removal.  The group is hoping to create a handbook with resident input for planning and protection around the pond that addresses the water quality." 
GROUND WORK LAWRENCE OPEN SPACES

Please note: before you head out to this pond - I'd call the city to make sure you will not be trespassing. Not all things are equal in this city.

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