|A frog in Eakin Park. [Photos by Gary Rubin]|
Gary Rubin, who lives near Eakin Park, says his children enjoy watching the frogs and tadpoles in the shallow pool, which is between the pond and the Cross County Trail by the Tobin Road entrance. When Park Authority workers began stationing large piles of dirt around the pool in recent weeks, he became concerned that they were getting ready to fill in the pool to prevent flooding on the trail.
|Dirt piles near the vernal pool.|
Several days later he received a response from Mark Pourde, the Park Authority’s Area 2 manager, who provided assurance that there are no plans to fill in the pool.
The purpose of the project under way “is to maintain the hydrology on the east side of the Cross County Trail (CCT) so that it doesn’t continue to flood the trail after large rain events,” Pourde says. “To do this, we plan a combination of activities, such as managing the pond’s water level; creating a short, temporary berm directly adjacent to the trail that should be no more than two to three feet wide on the trail’s east side; and establish drainage to the existing culvert that crosses the CCT and carries the outflow from the pond.”
He says Park Authority ecologists have been consulted to ensure the project doesn’t harm “sensitive natural resources.”
That project is not related to long-term improvements that have been discussed for Eakin Park. A proposed friends group for Eakin Park has fizzled after a couple of meetings due to lack of interest.