Fresh pond is well known locally as an important open space feature in the cambridge landscape but few know its significant history this collection of old photographs and stories provides a wonderful historic perspective on this site that sits in the midst of one of the most densely populated cities in the country. Fresh pond is a reservoir and park in cambridge massachusettsprior to the ponds use exclusively as a reservoir its ice had been harvested by bostons ice king frederic tudor and others for shipment to north american cities and to tropical areas around the world fresh pond reservation consists of a 155 acre 627000 m2 kettle hole lake and 162 acres 656000 m2 of surrounding . The parkland features an olmsted design albeit an imperfectly realized one the pond itself a natural lake carved out by the retreating ice age about 15000 years ago was a center of the nineteenth century ice industry disparaged by thoreau writing about another pond and still supplies the city of cambridge with fresh drinking water. Well researched and eloquently written this is landscape history at its best robin karson author of a genius for place jill sinclair has written a wonderful account of cambridges most prominent natural feature fresh pond so aptly named by the colonists who noted its connection to the tidal waters of alewife brook. Fresh pond reservation at the northwest edge of cambridge massachusetts has been described as a landscape loved to death certainly it is a landscape that has been changed by its various uses over the years and one to which cantabridgeans and bostonians have felt an intense attachment
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