Gardens & Grounds
     Rose Garden  
     Perennial Garden
     Tulip and Annual Gardens
     Shade Garden
     Heritage Rose Garden
     Overlook and East Lawn
     Horticultural Gardens
Pond House
Greenhouses
Farmstead and Buildings
Trees of Elizabeth Park
Ponds and Bridges
Ponds & Bridges
Ponds

Laurel Pond, as it was originally called, was dug by hand in the winter of 1897 with the labor of over 100 workers. The smaller pond was once known as the Lily Pond because it was covered with water lilies. Wallace Stevens, a great American poet who lived on Westerly Terrace near the park, used to walk here and wrote about the Lily Pond. The ponds are connected by a narrow neck of water with a bridge overhead. Visitors can look over both ponds from the bridge.

The pond attracts a large waterfowl population, which hurts the water quality. The City has approached this problem by digging out and relining the pond in 1991, making it deeper, and by adding artesian wells that have just now started to flow into the pond over a rockfall at the east end of the pond. There is outflow at the stream east of the rose garden. The city has also added 3 sprayers to the pond.

Stone Bridge

Originally, there was a rustic wooden bridge over the pond’s narrow neck. It was made of cedar, the same material as the Rose Garden gazebo. The Stone Bridge, built in 1905, replaced the deteriorated Rustic Bridge. This bridge is often seen in paintings at local art shows. Besides the gazebo and the Rose Garden arches, it is another favorite landmark of the park of artists and photographers.

Boulder Bridge

When the Boulder Bridge was built, there were few trees to obscure its interesting construction. Trees and shrubs, making it barely noticeable to the visitor’s eye, now surround it. The bridge is an arched stone structure that has miraculously held up since 1900. Though small in scale, it is an engineering feat combining mass and grace.

To appreciate the bridge fully, you need to walk down and investigate it. The stream had been damned up in the early 1990s, but it has since been released to flow into its streambed. The City’s gardeners are now retrieving the landscape along the streambed, which had become wild. It was built to provide a walkway over the man-made stream from the pond.


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Christine Doty
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Andrea Masisak
Manager of Gardens, Grounds and Volunteers

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