Day 1210

Strack Pond

April 23rd, 2015

In 1966, this glacial kettle pond* (photos) in Forest Park was drained and turned into two baseball fields, one of which was later named for Lawrence (or Laurence, as the Parks Department usually spells his name) Strack, a local soldier said to be the first Woodhaven resident to die in the Vietnam War. The ball fields were frequently flooded over the years, however, and "in 1995, former Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern, after observing mallards in left field, proclaimed the site 'for the ducks' and authorized the restoration" of the pond, which was completed in 2004.

* As seen in this 1951 aerial image, there was indeed a pond here (two adjacent ponds, actually) before the ball fields were constructed. In a similar view from 1924, however, the area appears to be entirely forested, which suggests that the kettle filled in long ago and was originally restored as a pond sometime before the 1951 image was taken.

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