Ludlow pond meeting: Update

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Update from Ethan Hipple, Parks Director re Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting:
We had a very productive meeting where we discussed the history of the pond and current and future maintenance. Here is the complete slideshow: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/2041/Ludlow-Pond-Management

Short term: We will continue to manage as an ice skating pond and stormwater detention facility, along with habitat around the edges. We are looking at expanding native meadow habitat surrounding the pond. We have numerous urban meadows around the city and are creating new habitat each year–for example a new meadow just was planted with butterfly weed and native wildlflower mix on Western prom yesterday! That will happen surrounding Ludlow Pond in the next few weeks.

Medium term projects: tree planting, expanded habitat. Tree planting season is almost over for this year, but we heard that folks would like to see more trees along Ludlow St, and we agree that is a good idea.

Long term: explore alternative locations for skating pond in the neighborhood. This would require funding and an appropriate location, not on an athletic field.

Take care,
Ethan

 

 

Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Wilde Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery

Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm–7:00pm
Wilde Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery

You are invited to join Councilor Brenerman and Portland Parks Division for a neighborhood discussion on the past, present and future management of Ludlow Pond. Parks staff will share information on the original 1934 design of the stormwater detention and skating pond, as well as changes made in the 1950’s and 1980’s. Parks staff will talk about current maintenance practices, pond restoration efforts, recreation opportunities, and plans to create more pollinator and wildlife habitat in the area. We invite the public to attend to learn about the site, make comment, or ask questions.

We hope you can join us. More information at www.portlandprf.com

 

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One response to “Ludlow pond meeting: Update

  1. Good update. Thanks for the news and info.

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